The Weekly Brief
Thought of the week
Recent survey data from the National Federation of Independent Business show that small businesses in the US are planning on raising prices against a backdrop of strong demand and supply constraints. Many companies are desperately struggling to hire staff and job openings are at a record high. This apparent shortage of labour is leading businesses to have to increase wages in order to attract and retain workers. This, combined with the rising costs for raw materials and logistics, has put pressure on input costs. However, the strength of consumer demand relative to what businesses are able to supply means that they are comfortable to pass on these higher costs to their customers. So long as businesses can continue to grow revenues more quickly than input prices rise, then profits will continue to improve.
US small businesses plan to pass on higher costs to consumers
% of responding firms