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Business in Nebraska vol. 53, no. 628
Nearly 50 percent of the businesses reporting in the 4th quarter 1997 Nebraska Quarterly Business Conditions Survey (NQBCS) indicate gains in 4th quarter revenue over year-ago levels (Table 1). The ratio of gainers to decliners is two-to-one, meaning that for every two businesses reporting revenue gains for 4th quarter 1997 over year -ago levels, one business reports a decline. Table 1 shows that the two-to-one ratio remained constant throughout 1997.
Table 2 provides a summary of sector changes in 4th quarter 1997 revenue compared to 3rd quarter revenue and year-ago levels. Table 3 gives a similar summary for regions. Table 2 shows that 51 percent of the businesses reporting for the FIRE group (finance, insurance, and real estate) indicate 4th quarter 1997 revenue higher than 3rd quarter 1997 levels, leading all sectors in the percent of businesses reporting revenue gains. The FIRE group also leads in the percent of businesses reporting gains in 4th quarter revenue over year ago levels at 64 percent.