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How is your year shaping up so far? If you’re like many retailers, your hopes are high but your bottom line is still a little weak.
Village Artisans Gallery
P.J. Heyman, owner
Boiling Springs, Pa.
Carolyn Luce, owner
Winter Park, Fla.
How do this year’s sales compare to recent years’? Are you seeing a consistent decline or a slow improvement?
As is true of other parts of our country, Florida has been very deeply hurt this past year by the economic collapse. Last fall, we began to partner with our artists, our landlord, our advertisers and our customers to find the most effective ways to get through these times.
Our best year was 2006. Since then, we have seen a consistent decline of revenue. Six percent the first year, 8% the second, and this year I am predicting at least another 8% decrease.
Barbara McCormick, owner
Have you reduced your inventory levels? What needs to happen before
We saw declining sales beginning in October 2007, and 2008 was our worst year in 12 years.