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Media Coverage of ILSR’s Annual Independent Business Survey

Date: 15 Feb 2013 | posted in: Media Coverage, Retail | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Various Media Outlets, February 2013

ILSR’s annual Independent Business Survey gathers data from thousands of locally owned, independent businesses across the country.  The 2013 Independent Business Survey, gathered data from 2,377 independent businesses across 50 states and the District of Columbia.  Among its findings:

  • Survey respondents reported revenue growth of 6.8% on average. More than two-thirds experienced revenue growth in 2012 — a larger share than in our 2011 and 2010 surveys.
  • Independent businesses in communities with an active “buy local first” initiative run by a local business organization reported average revenue growth of 8.6% in 2012, compared to 3.4% for those in areas without such an initiative.
  • Among survey respondents in cities with a “buy local first” initiative, 75% reported that the initiative had had a positive impact on their business.
  • “Showrooming” — i.e., customers examining products and seeking information in local stores and then buying online — was identified by independent retailers as one of their biggest challenges. More than 80% said showrooming was affecting their business, with 47%  describing the impact as “moderate” or “significant.”
  • Lack of financing was another top challenge, with 23% businesses surveyed reporting that they had been unable to secure a needed bank loan for their business in the last two years.

Here are recent media hits covering our 2013 Independent Business Survey.


Visit the Survey Archive page for survey results from the last several years.