Analyst predicts tough times in 2008

Posted on July 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Escalating economic worries, higher prices and tighter spending will combine to make 2008 a much tougher year in the care homes market, according to business analysts Plimsoll Publishing. The company’s senior analyst, David Pattison, offered some observations on sector performance in 2007 and looked forward to the new year:

“Almost every sector of British business stands at a crossroads as it prepares for the coming 12 months,” said Mr Pattison.

“With uncertainty in the economy, some will want to sit tight and do nothing radical. Others will need to cut costs quickly to weather the possible storm, but some who have built up large cash reserves will be looking at this period of difficulty to make acquisitions at a bargain price.

“The average growth in the care homes sector in 2007 has been 6.8%. This is pretty much in line with our predictions at the start of the year, but this growth was by no means universal. Twenty-four per cent of companies actually saw their sales

Comments are closed.

Latest blog posts

The bland leaving the bland?

By guest blogger JEF SMITH

The headline for an interview which Sir David Behan, the Care Quality Commission’s departing chief executive, gave to The Guardian...

IT comes to CQC

By guest blogger JOHN BURTON

This month, IT is coming to CQC in person. David Behan is leaving, and DB’s replacement is IT, Ian Trenholm...

The future’s bright, alright?

By Caring Times editor GEOFF HODGSON

There has been a lot of debate about ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ borders of late (if it’s any help, I like...