Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Dark clouds hang over U.S. small businesses

"Small business owners entered 2010 the same way they left 2009 -- depressed," the group said, noting its Small Business Optimism Index reading for January was still below the 90 mark, the dividing line between positive and negative outlooks."

"In January, small businesses had to cut prices despite tangling with inflation while profits remained weak, according to the survey of the federation's 2,114 members."

"There are "still more owners planning to reduce stocks than planning new orders," the group found."

Source: Reuters

Remember that small businesses generate most of the job creation in the United States.

Even as a number of temporary help providers have exceeded estimates, there still continues to be lax growth in sales.

Monster, Inc. announced a large acquisition of Hotjobs which I am not a fan of. They seem to have overpaid for the Hotjobs property even though it is under the price of the prior bidding war with Yahoo.

In the near term there should be underlying risk for these companies as the stimulus and low interest rates start to fade with increased regulations and reform.

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