According to BizBuySell.com, one of the Internet’s largest business-for-sale marketplace, small business transactions in the first quarter of 2019 experienced a modest year-over-year decline but remain at historically high levels, Statistics compiled from business-for-sale transactions reported by participating business brokers nationwide showed in the first three months of 2019 a 6.5% decline from the same period last year. Similarly, Q4 2018 saw a 6% decrease from the same quarter in 2017.
The Report notes that both 2017 and 2018 set new records for the most annual small business transactions since BizBuySell started reporting the data in 2007. So while reported deals are down slightly from a year ago, the market continues to be very active compared to the previous decade.
A number of factors could be tempering the strong transaction growth rates seen in recent years. Most notably, these include the recent government shutdown, low unemployment, record profits, deal financing, and general uncertainty around the impact of administration policies relating to tariffs, immigration, and health care.
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