Calm before the storm? Comparative business analysis VHG 2008
At the time of writing this report, the economy shows a cautious recovery from a global recession. This recession began in the financial sector, but also had a deep impact in other sectors, including real estate and construction. The figures show that market gardens in general had a pretty good year in 2008. There was a healthy revenue growth (+5.3 percent), coupled with limited growth in operating costs (+3.3 percent). The material costs (+5.3 percent) grown faster than labor costs (+3.2 percent). These impressive figures do not mean that it is all sweetness and light: also in 2008 a large part of the companies was loss-making. These losses were largely set off by lower payment of entrepeneurs. This in combination with the fact that the consequences of the crisis are not all noticable already makes us ask the question: is there a calm before the storm?
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