CFIB to do weekly economic surveys on small business views

    TORONTO, Oct. 8 /CNW/ - Due to the wide-spread problems and uncertainty
in economies throughout the world, the Canadian Federation of Independent
Business (CFIB) announced today it has begun conducting the first of a series
of six weekly economic surveys on small business views in this country. The
results of the first survey will be released nationally this coming Thursday,
with the other five results being released a week apart.
    CFIB's chief economist Ted Mallett said it is important to get the most
current updates of the views of the small business sector in a period of
economic turbulence. Mallett also said these regular surveys will provide an
up-to-date reading from a sector that accounts for nearly half of Canada's
Gross Domestic Product (GDP). "To a great extent how small business goes, so
goes the country," said Mallett, "and we believe these survey findings will
provide valuable and unique information that business owners, governments and
politicians could not obtain from any other source."

For further information:

For further information: Ted Mallett or Gisele Lumsden at (416)

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