Business Highlight: A Business That Has Bounced Back After The Recession
Many businesses were hard hit during the recession which impacted their revenues and profits. Some businesses are still in economic malaise, notably homebuilders and banks, while other businesses have recovered drastically, often to pre-recession levels.
One of the decisive factors associated with a business’s ability to recover is how integral their product or service is to consumers. Products that are viewed as necessities have often had greater success in gaining back their sales than other less essential products. Higher end luxuries, such as high end jewelry or handbags have recovered well, while lower end luxuries have not recovered as well. One notable exception to this is restaurants, which have seen a significant rebound in sales after the recession, although not to pre-recession levels. Apparently, eating out is one industry that people are not willing to completely cut out of their lives.
Businesses were not all equally hit during the recession. Some businesses were able to recover significant portions of their sales, while others remain in financial distress. By being associated with a product that your customer views as being essential, or by locating a niche market where the customers have the financial wherewithal to pay for your product, you stand a better chance of surviving as a business.