The disruption of global supply chains as a result of the war in Ukraine is currently a problem for nearly 47 percent. entrepreneurs. In this group, 34 percent. respondents indicate a reduction in sales, 32 percent each. the need to look for replacements and new suppliers, and 31 percent informs about a decrease in profit, while the loss of contractors / clients is signaled by 24 percent
– In the long term, we can expect even greater increases in production costs, which will directly translate into the prices of goods and services – assessed the president of BIG InfoMonitor, Sławomir Grzelczak, commenting on the results of the survey for PAP.
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According to the survey, almost every third company makes reserves and buys in advance. The main reason is the desire to secure for the future and to secure materials for production. Entrepreneurs are also afraid of further increases in the prices of raw materials.
A drastic deterioration
Many entrepreneurs, still in the second quarter of 2022, forecasted a return to the turnover from before the pandemic. However, they did not foresee that the situation would deteriorate so drastically.
According to the survey, almost 1/3 of companies assume that their financial condition will deteriorate – more than a year ago (an increase of over 16 percentage points). The least optimistic forecasts are made by transport and service companies – much more often than trade, construction or production. Regardless of the represented company size: Whether it is a micro, medium-sized or small company, concerns about the entire third quarter are most evident here.
The research carried out as part of the “SME Scanner” project by the Keralla Research Institute, commissioned by the BIG InfoMonitor Register of Debtors, was conducted on a representative sample of 500 micro, small and medium-sized enterprises using the telephone interview technique on July 7-28, 2022.