Forty-five percent of survey respondents said their business grew in the first half of this year, while in the year-earlier period, just 17% reported growth. In the second half of last year, 27% of survey respondents reported growth.
Nineteen percent of respondents reported a decline in sales in the first half of this year. Again, that figure is an improvement compared with both the second half of last year (41%) and the first half (54%).
Additionally, 60% of respondents expected their business to grow in the second half of this year. Further, only 8% of respondents expected to cut jobs in the second half of the year.