From the Wires
Small Business Owners Expect Zero Yearly Improvement In Black Friday And Cyber Monday Sales
November 2012 SB Authority's Market Sentiment Survey Results
By: PR Newswire
Nov. 21, 2012 09:00 AM
NEW YORK, Nov. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Newtek Business Services (NASDAQ: NEWT), The Small Business Authority, with a portfolio of over 100,000 business accounts, announced today the findings of its SB Authority Market Sentiment Survey, a monthly window into the concerns of independent business owners. Based on a poll of over 1,100 respondents, one of the key findings from the November survey is 60% of business owners expect Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales to remain unchanged from last year, 15% expect sales to decrease 4% or more from last year, and 25% expect holiday sales to increase 4% or more. Additionally, post-election, 62% of those polled expect that the economy will be better than it was in 2012.
The full November 2012 results showed the following:
Barry Sloane, Chairman, President and CEO of The Small Business Authority commented, "Our survey, taken over the prior three weeks, shows business owners cautious in the near term but slightly optimistic over the course of 2013. Business owners do not think we will have any increase in Black Friday or Cyber Monday sales over the same day and results from the year prior. We believe that the election being over increased hope for optimism, and not going over the fiscal cliff has left the majority of business owners optimistic. We will establish our next survey on a discussion surrounding expectations of the fiscal cliff."
About Newtek Business Services, Inc.
Newtek Business Services, The Small Business Authority, provides the following products and services:
Newtek Business Services, Inc., The Small Business Authority, is a direct distributor of a wide range of business services and financial products to the small- and medium-sized business market under the Newtek® brand. Since 1999, Newtek has helped small- and medium-sized business owners realize their potential by providing them with the essential tools needed to manage and grow their businesses and to compete effectively in today's marketplace. Newtek provides its services to over 100,000 business accounts and has positioned the Newtek® brand as a one-stop-shop provider of such business services. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, there are over 27.5 million small businesses in the United States, which in total represent 99.7% of all employer firms.
Note Regarding Forward Looking Statements
Statements in this press release including statements regarding Newtek's beliefs, expectations, intentions or strategies for the future, may be "forward-looking statements" under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the plans, intentions and expectations reflected in or suggested by the forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, among others, intensified competition, operating problems and their impact on revenues and profit margins, anticipated future business strategies and financial performance, anticipated future number of customers, business prospects, legislative developments and similar matters. Risk factors, cautionary statements and other conditions, which could cause Newtek's actual results to differ from management's current expectations, are contained in Newtek's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and available through http://www.sec.gov.
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