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Small and medium-sized firms optimistic about Swiss economy

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), which are the life blood of the Swiss economy, are beginning to feel the effects of the continued economic upturn, with turnover, orders and profits increasing.

This content was published on July 4, 2000 - 11:45

In a study, the economics information agency Dun and Bradstreet reports that the sectors benefiting most are the machine industry, electronic components, medical technologies and graphic arts.

SMEs in the retail trade are also optimistic about their sales prospects, particularly in the vehicle, transport and construction branches.

The study, which surveyed 1,500 companies with between 10 and 250 employees, said SMEs were now looking at the possibility of raising their prices.

It added that incoming orders, which are already at a high level, should rise further in the second half of the year.

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