Net percentage of companies with rising profit margins.
Businesses haven’t been this positive about their profit margins in a long time.
What they’re saying: A net 35% of professionals working for private-sector firms or trade groups said corporate profit margins expanded in the second quarter, according to a new survey from the National Association of Business Economics.
- This was a record high in the survey’s 39-year history. Just 7% of respondents said margins were falling while 42% said margins were rising.
- “Inflation, while increasing, is still very low, and according to the survey, many firms, especially in the goods-producing and the [transportation, utilities, information, and communications] sectors, expect increases in costs to be temporary,” NABE Business Conditions Survey chair Eugenio Aleman tells Axios.
- “Thus, this could be influencing the response from survey participants that profits will continue to remain high in the near future.”