BUSINESS COSTS IN 2011
With economic growth next year projected to be only slightly better than this year, businesses can plan on moderate price increases, and in some cases, decreases, for most products and service.
Join us for a look at what the editors of The Kiplinger Letter see happening with the cost of money, pay raises, energy, health care, insurance plus much more. The slide show begins with the navigation bar to your right.
INFLATION AND PROFITS
Expect just a modest bump in inflation, given much slack in the economy.
Corporate profits will wane
ENERGY CREEPING UP A BIT
Figure on paying slightly more for energy overall next year
PAY AND BENEFITS:THE PRICE OF REFORM
As much as 20% of the rise will be due to the health care law enacted by Congress
Base salary increases will be up
GETTING THERE,STAYING THERE
Passenger airfares will see a bigger jump in 2011.
Flat rates will give way to increases of 3%-5%, highest in the largest cities
TECHNOLOGY: BARGAINS GALORE
COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE: LOCK IT IN LOW
SPENDING ON SENDING
COVERAGE AND REPRESENTATION
There’s mostly relief ahead for buyers of commercial insurance.
Most legal firms will keep prices flat.
SAVE ON SELLING IT
Advertising will remain a buyer’s market.