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The 10 weakest small business sectors for 2013

 

By J.D. Harrison, December 27, 2012

 

A look at the industries where small business sales are growing the slowest (and in one case, shrinking), according to financial data collected from thousands of small employers by Sageworks, Inc.

 

10. Lawn and garden equipment and supplies stores

5.20 percent sales growth in the past year

 

 

 

 

 

9. Drycleaning and laundry services

4.90 percent sales growth in the past year

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. Office supplies, stationery, and gift stores

4.77 percent sales growth in the past year

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. Printing and related support activities

4.53 percent sales growth in the past year (includes firms that print newspapers, books, labels, business cards, etc.)

 

 

 

 

 

6. Amusement and recreation industries

4.43 percent sales growth in the past year (includes golf courses, bowling centers, marinas and skiing facilities)

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Death care services

4.07 percent sales growth in the past year (includes funeral service managers, morticians, and undertakers)

 

 

 

 

 

4. Activities related to real estate

4.04 percent sales growth in the past year (includes real estate firms and property managers)

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Residential building construction

3.58 percent sales growth in the past year

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Business, professional, labor, political, and similar organizations

2.84 percent sales growth in the past year (includes business associations, labor unions and political groups)

 

 

 

 

 

1. Land subdivision

Sales down 2.51 percent in the past year (includes firms involved in servicing land and subdividing real property)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the full story featuring Sageworks visit The Washington Post – The 10 Weakest Small Business Sectors for 2013.