The Pulse

The Pulse: Merchants’ confidence is high but supply problems remain

Merchants’ confidence in the market and in their business remained very strong in July. Sales expectations are also high.

Material supply problems eased slightly, with 88% of merchants saying ‘All’ or ‘Most’ of their suppliers could supply them in July. However, some supply problems remain and concerns about shortages of drivers are compounding the problem.

Prices continued to rise during the month

The Pulse, by MRA Research, is a monthly tracking survey of merchants’ confidence and prospects. Telephone interviewing took place between 1st and 5th July 2021.

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