TORONTO, Feb. 28, 2013 /CNW/ - After a lacklustre November and December,
Canadian entrepreneurs are feeling more optimistic in early 2013,
according to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).
The Business Barometer® index continued January's upward trend by
rising another half a point to 66.2 in February.
"For the first time in awhile, small business owners are reporting index
numbers that indicate the economy is growing nearer its potential,"
said Ted Mallett, CFIB's chief economist and vice-president. "The
January and February results suggest Canadians are seeing modest, but
widespread economic growth."
Small business owners in Alberta (71.0) remain the most optimistic in
Canada, although Saskatchewan (69.8) and Newfoundland and Labrador
(67.0) are not far behind. Ontario (65.3), Nova Scotia (65.3), British
Columbia (64.9), Quebec (64.6), Manitoba (63.4), and New Brunswick
(62.2) are all slightly below the national average. Prince Edward
Island (54.1) saw a noticeable decline in business confidence.
"Despite talk of a 'bitumen bubble', small business confidence is strong
in Alberta, and getting stronger across most of Canada," added Mallett.
"That view is buttressed by positive expectations for full-time job
Full-time hiring plans are far better than seasonal norms, with 26 per
cent of businesses expecting to hire additional staff in the next few
months, and only six per cent planning to cut back.
Measured on a scale of 0 and 100, an index level above 50 means owners
expecting their businesses' performance to be stronger in the next year
outnumber those expecting weaker performance. According to past
results, index levels normally range between 65 and 70 when the economy
is growing at its potential. The February 2013 findings are based on
974 responses, collected from a stratified random sample of CFIB
members, to a controlled-access web survey. Findings are statistically
accurate to +/- 3.2 per cent 19 times in 20.
To read the Business Barometer, please visit http://cfib.ca/a4900e.
As Canada's largest association of small- and medium-sized businesses,
CFIB is Powered by Entrepreneurs™. Established in 1971, CFIB takes
direction from more than 109,000 members in every sector nationwide,
giving independent business a strong and influential voice at all
levels of government and helping to grow the economy.
SOURCE: CANADIAN FEDERATION OF INDEPENDENT BUSINESS
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