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Crunching the Numbers

Inc. looks at hiring trends, the cost of ink, and sales of trucks and cargo vans.

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WHAT'S HOT, WHAT'S NOT

Sales increase for fitness and sports centers, the small-business sector with the strongest growth from 2009 to 2010: +13.62%

 
 


Sales decrease for car washes, the small-business sector with the weakest growth from 2009 to 2010: -12.18%


Sageworks


TRENDS

Among people who text, the average number of text messages sent per month:

Men: 555

Women: 716

The Nielsen Company State of the Media 2010


THE WORKPLACE

Area, in square feet, of workspace lost by the average office worker from 1994 to 2010: 15

International Facility Management Association


HIRING

The portion of small businesses hiring in 2010 that said they added fewer workers than they needed: 42%

Reasons for hiring:

Replace an employee who left: 41%

Support growth or expansion plans: 21%

Some other reason: 18%

Don't know: 1%

Revenue or sales has increased: 13%

Economy is getting better: 5%

Tax credit for hiring unemployed workers: 1%

Wells Fargo/Gallup


TAXES

Lowest and highest overall tax burdens for entrepreneurs:

South Dakota: 1st
New Jersey: 50th

Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council


 

REALITY CHECK

Retail price, per gallon, of black ink in the average printer ink cartridge: $4,371

PC World


THE ECONOMY

Increase in the sales of trucks and cargo vans—considered a useful indicator of small-business activity—in the fourth quarter of 2010, compared with a year earlier: 24%

Edmunds.com





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