Bureau of Business Research


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Business in Nebraska vol. 53, no. 631


Copyright 1998 by Bureau of Business Research, University of Nebraska.


Nearly 43 percent of all the businesses that participated in the latest Nebraska Quarterly Business Conditions Survey (NQBCS) indicated an increase in 1st quarter 1998 revenues over year-ago levels (Table 1). Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate (FIRE) led all industry groups, with 57 percent reporting an increase in 1st quarter revenues over year-ago levels. The lowest proportion of firms in an industry group reporting an increase was other at 32 percent. The other category includes construction, mining, and agricultural services, fisheries, and forestry. Of these three industries, mining had the lowest incidence of firms with increases, with 20 percent reporting 1st quarter 1998 revenues ahead of year -ago levels. Thirty-seven percent of the respondents for construction reported revenue gains for 1st quarter 1998 over year-ago levels. Table1 also compares 1st quarter 1998 revenues with 4th quarter 1997 revenues. Much of the variation shown in Table 1 between 1st quarter 1998 revenues and 4th quarter 1997 revenues is due to seasonal factors.