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FE&SFlashNews — 2005-02-07 — News

February 7, 2005

FEDA Releases Economic Survey

FEDA announced the results of its most recent Economic Pulse Survey in the Feb. 9 edition of its FEDA First Thing newsletter.

The study, based on a survey of the principals of 65 FEDA member companies, reveals dealers’analyses of their current business activity, their business activity compared to three months ago and their forecasts for business activity three months from now.

According to the study, 8% of respondents described current conditions as excellent, 28% as very good, 51% as good, 11% as fair and 2% as bad. When asked about current margin levels, 2% said they are good, 11% very good, 29% good, 51% fair and 7% bad.

Compared to three months ago, 3% of those surveyed described current sales as excellent, 20% very good, 54% good, 20% fair and 3% bad. Two percent of respondents said current margins compared to the margins of three months ago are excellent, 6% very good, 38% good, 54% fair and 0% bad.

When asked to forecast sales in three months, 4% said they anticipate excellent sales, 32% very good, 55% good, 9% fair and 0% bad. Two percent of respondents said they expect margin level in three months to be excellent, 13% very good, 37% good, 46% fair and 2% bad.

When asked to list their most pressing concerns for 2005, the study’s respondents listed decreasing margins, price increases, rising insurance costs, internet sales, accounts receivable, and finding and retaining quality employees.

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