Taxes, Uncertainty Are Heading HigherBy Kim Phelan
Article Date: 01-01-2013
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As CED went to press with the January issue and this 2013 Business Outlook Report, the U.S. financial story was still very much a ‘cliff' hanger – and the nation seems to be holding its breath for a happy ending.
Most AED dealers enjoyed a pretty decent 2012, when all is said and done, but to say they're not expecting 2013 to be too great would be an understatement. Status quo performance or modest growth not exceeding 10 percent are the brightest of dealers' outlooks, but the feeling of trepidation or flat-out pessimism is right below the surface of any positive thinking right now. Our conclusion – based on how dealers checked through CED's Business Outlook Survey questions, as well as their written comments and a few interview conversations – is that a blanket of tense uncertainty is stretched across much of the equipment distribution industry.
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