Small business sees year-end pickup

Recovering from their midyear concern, small-business people are looking toward the last part of 1980 with renewed optimism, according to the Heller/Roper Small Business Barometer.

Asked to compare this period with the same time last year, 45 percent expect sales to be higher this year, 28 percent lower, and 26 percent anticipate no change. By contrast, when asked in early May about the Mary-August period, only 38 percent were expecting sales to be higher during the midyear than for the corresponding period last year.

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