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Q4 Survey Analysis – November 2007 (Print Industry)

November 8, 2007

We have reorganized the survey for this quarter. The new format makes it easier for you to track the changes historically, allowing you to spot trends. It also reduces the need for our commentary.

This survey has a few notable items: This is the second quarter in a row with a significant drop in companies reporting profitability. Keep in mind our industry is not alone so watch your AR closely.

The question relating to labor costs again highlights base pay increases causing concern. This type of pricing pressure is significant for its inflationary implications.

Many respondents indicated they expect business to decrease or stay the same, with a full 19% indicating they did not expect increases. The last quarter of the year traditionally is a busy time. We noticed last year for the first time in many years, that the busy-time failed to occur. We wonder if others noticed and suspect a trend?

If you have questions or would like us to add a question or topic please feel free to contact me directly – daver@semperllc.com

Click here to view the Survey, PDF Format

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