By all indications, the economy is beginning a substantial recovery. While conditions are not as they were before the recession – and in all likelihood, they will not be for some time – small business owners in particular should take a look at how exactly conditions are improving.
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Business sales are expected to grow this year, provoking small firms nationwide to amp up their sales pitches in anticipation of a more balanced market.
The last quarter of 2010 saw a jump in business sales, despite a decrease for the entire year, as bank lending and small business employment also rose, suggesting overall improving economic conditions.
Economic conditions are expected to improve this year, as a number of recent studies show increases in business confidence, bank lending and even small business employment.
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Sales of businesses in California saw an overall decline in 2010, due largely to a stagnant economy and a lack of available assets among investors, according to a report released this week by BizBen.com.
The total volume for the year was 13,329 sales, marking a 6.6 percent drop from sales completed in 2009.
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Wholesale energy generators in New England are protesting the proposed merger between NU and NSTAR – the two largest energy providers in New England. On Wednesday, wholesalers filed an intervention in Massachusetts to review NU's planned $4.2 billion acquisition of NSTAR.
Long-time retail bakery Tastykake is considering a possible merger after a string of poor financial reporting has left the 93-year-old company on thin ice, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. The combination of Q4 2010 pre-tax savings falling $3 million below expectations and the rise of commodity prices has taken a total on the Philadelphia-based company. (more…)
This year has been an interesting time for mergers and acquisitions. Almost suggesting its immunity to recessions and economic adversity, the tech and information industries seemed to bubble with excitement and mystery over its numerous high-profile deals.
Charting the acquisition and business transaction path of 2010, Inc.
In an attempt to broaden its cross-channel shopping appeal, eBay announced Thursday that it has purchased Milo – a resource for finding local stores' real-time product inventory and pricing data.
The acquisition will provide eBay customers with a greater range of product data and shopping potential, while also offering access to millions of products from more than 50,000 stores.