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The Best- and Worst-Performing Industries

Plus 3 great startup resources

This story appears in the June 2009 issue of Start Up.

10 Best-Performing by Growth Over the Last 12 Months (Annual : $15 Million)
8131 - Religious organizations 25.1%
4245 - Farm product, raw material merchant wholesalers 20.6%
4471 - Gasoline stations 15.2%
1151 - Support activities for agriculture and forestry 14.2%
4543 - Direct-selling establishments 12.5%
5412 - Accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping andpayroll services 10.9%
5415 - Computer systems design and related services 9.8%
6213 - Offices of other health practitioners 9.5%
3332 - Industrial machinery 9.2%
6116 - Other schools and instruction 8.4%
10 Worst-performing Small Businesses by Sales Growth Over the Last 12 Months (Annual Revenue: $15 Million)
5312 - Offices of Agents and brokers -12.8%
4422 - Home furnishings stores -10.7%
4233 - Lumber and other construction materials merchant wholesalers -8.4%
4411 - dealers, merchant salers -7.3%
5223 - Activities related to credit intermediation -7.3%
3219 - Other wood product manufacturing -6.9%
4412 - Other motor vehicle dealers -6.6%
3273 - Cement and concrete product manufacturing -5.7%
4481 - Clothing stores -5.7%
4421 - Furniture stores -5.5%

Resources For Your Startup

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