Canadian small business confidence slipped in June
July 30, 2012
Economic confidence is very important in all sectors. When customers are secure with their finances, companies tend to see higher sales, as individuals are not as worried about saving and spend more discretionary money. And when smaller firms are confident, they tend to produce more merchandise, which often boosts the economy and a number of other industries.
However, lowered confidence can have the opposite effect. Recent research found that smaller companies in Canada have been experiencing fiscal uncertainty, which does not bode well for the businesses or their patrons, unless tactics are changed.
Confidence falls for third month
According to the Business Barometer index released by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, small business confidence fell for the third straight month in the northern nation. Since May, the index fell from 64.8 to 62.1. The nearly 4 point drop essentially nullifies the amount of growth seen between the summers of 2011 and 2012.
The situation is not dismal everywhere, however. The index noted that business owners in Alberta and Saskatchewan are fairly secure in their companies, with confidence holding at 73.3 and 72.5 points, respectively.
CFIB chief economist and vice president Ted Mallett explained that the troubled economies of other nations have exacerbated the Canadian situation. The largest concern of business owners, Mallett said, was general uncertainty of future consumer demand, while finding credit was also cited as a major worry.
Confidence boost important for jobs
Low small business confidence can be recognized in a number of mediums. For example, when consulting with business accounting software, leaders will most likely see low to dismal profits. This is because, generally, indexes that fall between 65 and 70 points mean the economy is growing - anything lower indicates a stagnant situation.
According to Bloomberg Businessweek, because smaller companies tend to provide the majority of jobs available within a country, low confidence could have more severe repercussions for a large population. Citing American information, the source said that more uncertainty usually coincides with a lower amount of open job positions, which can catalyze a troubling economic situation, like widespread unemployment or a recession.
Bloomberg reported that American companies are also citing poor-performing European economics as a major influence of U.S. confidence, which has also been slipping.