Gloomy Broker Outlook: Business Brokers in Newport Beach wanted to find out small-business owners' views of the economy. Of 2,600 U.S. brokers surveyed, the prognosis was gloomiest in the West.
VR found that 28% of respondents nationally said their business is better than usual, 34% said it is worse and 38% said it is about the same.
But in the western states, the view was a lot darker. Just 20% said business is better, 45% said it is worse and 35% called it about the same.
Looking ahead, respondents in the West were also gloomier than elsewhere. Just 34% said things are improving. (The figure is 44% nationally.)