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The BizBuySell Insight Report is a nationally-recognized economic indicator that tracks the health of the U.S. small business economy. Each quarter, BizBuySell analyzes sales and listing prices of small businesses across the United States based on approximately businesses for sale and those recently sold. The BizBuySell Insight Reports focus on over 70 major U.S. markets and publish local, regional, state and national data for trending and analysis.

An expert on small business issues, Group General Manager of BizBuySell.com and BizQuest.com, Bob House, discusses the trends revealed by the Insight Reports in various media outlets.

Small Business Transactions Up 18%, Sellers Earn Higher Sale Prices, According to BizBuySell.com Report

BizBuySell.com's Third Quarter 2014 Insight Report shows transaction levels still on pace for record-breaking year, sellers now receiving a higher percentage of asking price and improved cash flow multiples

BizBuySell.com the Internet's largest business-for-sale marketplace, reported today that third-quarter small business transactions remained at historically high levels. The full results are included in BizBuySell.com's Q3 2014 Insight Report, which aggregates statistics from business-for-sale transactions reported by participating business brokers nationwide.

A total of 1,987 closed transactions were reported in the third quarter this year, representing both a 17.9 percent increase from last year and the highest number of small business sales recorded in a third quarter since BizBuySell began tracking data in 2007. In fact, this quarter's numbers slipped just 2.1 percent from the second quarter of 2014, which remains the most active quarter for small business sales since before the recession. It also keeps 2014 on pace to record the highest number of small business transactions since the report's inception.

2014 Q3 Closed Small Business Transactions

"After seeing a return to robust transaction activity during 2013, it's good to see that we have not plateaued and both buyers and sellers are still eager to make deals happen," said Bob House, Group GM of BizBuySell.com and BizQuest.com. "There remains a strong supply of quality small businesses on the market. As the economy and financing options continue to improve, buyers remain very interested in acquiring small businesses."

Financials Show Market Shift Beginning to Benefit Sellers

While the post-recession market has generally favored buyers, a shift appears underway, with sellers now receiving higher sales prices. The median sale price for businesses sold in the third quarter rose 5 percent compared to last year, increasing from $180,000 to $189,000. Meanwhile, the median asking price remained virtually unchanged, rising just 0.5 percent from $199,000 to an even $200,000. This means sellers in the third quarter were able to receive roughly 95 percent of their asking price, the highest percentage we've seen since the recession hit in mid-2008. Active sellers appear to be taking notice of the market change as the median asking price of businesses listed on BizBuySell.com also increased 4.3 percent in Q3.

2014 Q3 Small Business Sale Price vs Asking Price

Sellers' increased negotiation power is likely a result of stronger small business financials. Both the median revenue and median cash flow of businesses have risen each quarter of 2014, and were up 1 percent and 2 percent respectively in the third quarter.

2014 Q3 Key Financials of Sold Small Businesses

But perhaps even more telling is how much sellers are receiving in relation to their revenue and cash flow. The average revenue multiple grew nearly 6 percent this quarter compared to last year, now up to .62. At the same time, the average cash flow multiple jumped even higher, up nearly 9 percent to 2.38.

2014 Q3 Small Business Sale Price Multiples

While buyers are still receiving good value for their investments, rising multiples show that sellers are now successfully translating their financial growth into higher sales prices. It's a sentiment we also saw sellers express themselves in BizBuySell's recently released Buyer & Seller Confidence Survey. The study revealed sellers are more confident they will receive an acceptable sales price this year than they were last year. In fact, 21.2 percent of sellers said they were "very confident" they could sell at an acceptable price, a 20 percent increase from those who felt the same in the 2013 survey. Nearly 47 percent of those that were more confident this year credited improving business financials as the primary reason, a feeling that is reflected in the rising revenue and cash flow data this quarter.

"After hearing sellers voice their confidence in the survey and now seeing this transaction data support their claim, it certainly appears some momentum is shifting back towards a balanced market," House said. "The supply of small businesses being listed is still growing and we believe it will continue to be a great time for both buyers and sellers to enter the business-for-sale market."

Even with increased seller confidence, buyers also remain generally confident with 78.6 percent believing they can buy at an acceptable price, according to the same survey. Improving lending conditions and the overall growth of the economy are helping buyers meet the higher demands of sellers. Buyers are also benefiting from the increasing number of sellers willing to offer seller financing in order to push deals through. In the BizBuySell Confidence Survey, nearly 30 percent more sellers planned to take on part of the financial burden through seller financing than planned to in 2013.

More Manufacturing, Service, & Restaurant Businesses on Market

In addition to an increasing number of closed sales in Q3, there were also a growing number of businesses listed for sale. Total listings were up 2.2 percent from the same time last year, with the most notable growth in manufacturing businesses (up 4.1 percent), service-industry businesses (up 3.9 percent) and restaurants (up 3.5 percent).

These sectors also saw an increase in the number of closed transactions. Service-related businesses led the way with a 17 percent increase while manufacturing was up 16.2 percent and restaurants up 13.3 percent compared to last year. The overall mix of sold businesses remained consistent with last quarter as shown below.

2014 Q3 Small Business Sales by Sector

High Transaction Activity Likely To Continue Through End of 2014, Into 2015

As mentioned above, 2014 remains on pace to record the highest number of closed transactions reported since the BizBuySell Insight Report inception in 2007. There is increasing supply and demand in the market, and if this continues as expected, both buyers and sellers will be confident enough to enter the market. In fact, in our recent Buyer & Seller Confidence Survey, 95 percent of buyers and 75 percent of sellers hope to close a deal in the next 1-2 years.

"It's an exciting time in the business-for-sale market as conditions continue improving and that growth is being reflected in both the financial and total transaction data of small businesses," House added. "We're excited to see what 2015 brings to the market."

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Small Business Listing Metrics by Geography for Third Quarter, 2014

Key metrics from businesses listed for sale on BizBuySell.com by market for Q3 2014

BizBuySell.com
Time Period:
Q3 2014
 
Source:
BizBuySell.com
Market # of Businesses Listed Median Asking Price Median Revenue Median Cash Flow Asking Price to Revenue (average) Asking Price to Cash Flow (average)
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 62 $325,000 $500,000 $125,652 0.86 3.17
Albuquerque, NM 49 $324,000 $425,685 $103,000 0.77 3.12
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 548 $249,950 $478,701 $108,270 0.83 3.39
Austin-Round Rock, TX 193 $239,000 $398,000 $105,000 0.87 2.91
Baltimore-Towson, MD 233 $295,000 $550,000 $120,000 0.70 2.94
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 65 $299,000 $460,000 $110,000 0.82 3.26
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH 458 $210,375 $434,400 $115,737 0.63 2.48
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 164 $189,950 $382,500 $94,000 0.57 2.41
Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY 54 $325,000 $387,412 $107,500 1.07 3.73
Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord, NC-SC 188 $226,500 $456,200 $97,145 0.69 3.08
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL-IN-WI 620 $250,000 $500,350 $115,076 0.76 3.03
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN 111 $219,900 $550,000 $93,000 0.62 2.90
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 85 $239,000 $417,479 $90,000 0.76 2.95
Columbus, OH 166 $172,450 $431,000 $90,500 0.57 2.50
Contra Costa-Alameda-Solano, CA 162 $249,500 $476,183 $105,271 0.78 2.85
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 846 $225,000 $419,265 $100,000 0.86 3.34
Dayton, OH 62 $256,500 $591,275 $123,163 0.72 2.92
Denver-Aurora, CO 362 $250,000 $450,000 $106,213 0.73 2.92
Detroit-Warren-Livonia, MI 130 $215,000 $387,300 $87,087 0.80 3.39
Durham, NC 16 $182,500 $433,975 $90,830 0.64 2.59
Fresno, CA 23 $249,000 $415,000 $90,000 0.89 4.58
Greensboro-High Point, NC 48 $245,000 $594,500 $120,000 0.78 3.46
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 181 $185,000 $427,860 $82,587 0.57 2.78
Honolulu, HI 32 $295,000 $342,498 $99,680 0.93 3.75
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 462 $250,000 $410,563 $104,090 0.77 2.98
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN 75 $249,000 $482,820 $80,000 0.69 3.15
Jacksonville, FL 369 $199,000 $394,701 $96,000 0.68 2.86
Kansas City, MO-KS 170 $300,000 $582,110 $120,000 0.81 3.15
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 310 $159,450 $327,378 $89,808 0.77 2.47
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA 2132 $200,000 $424,833 $96,000 0.71 2.79
Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN 78 $300,000 $458,500 $100,000 0.86 3.43
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 68 $212,500 $451,190 $116,310 0.68 2.90
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Miami Beach, FL 1412 $210,000 $375,238 $100,000 0.85 2.90
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 67 $299,000 $559,159 $100,000 0.80 3.79
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 339 $250,000 $439,284 $86,873 0.85 3.44
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro, TN 269 $189,000 $364,600 $87,000 0.74 2.68
New Haven-Milford, CT 149 $229,000 $409,925 $107,615 0.66 2.89
New Jersey 1733 $269,000 $438,000 $106,000 0.81 3.01
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 139 $185,000 $288,000 $70,000 1.12 3.90
New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA 4368 $275,000 $500,000 $121,089 0.72 2.71
Oklahoma City, OK 76 $279,000 $596,138 $105,344 0.68 3.33
Orange County, CA 578 $199,000 $361,500 $90,000 0.68 2.68
Orlando-Kissimmee, FL 717 $175,000 $358,875 $87,615 0.75 2.66
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 824 $275,000 $452,000 $111,275 0.86 3.15
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1272 $165,500 $324,000 $75,000 0.68 2.62
Pittsburgh, PA 73 $355,000 $505,000 $125,000 0.77 3.04
Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA 154 $205,000 $457,538 $91,722 0.73 3.41
Providence-New Bedford-Fall River, RI-MA 139 $249,000 $430,399 $100,000 0.74 3.06
Raleigh-Cary, NC 113 $200,000 $376,470 $100,000 0.69 2.68
Richmond, VA 87 $185,000 $480,000 $80,165 0.69 3.09
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 394 $195,000 $404,769 $96,000 0.76 2.82
Rochester, NY 85 $274,900 $447,480 $98,000 0.87 3.46
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 196 $225,000 $429,517 $100,000 0.73 2.90
Salt Lake City, UT 129 $249,999 $323,000 $94,424 0.98 3.42
San Antonio, TX 175 $250,000 $500,000 $98,901 0.96 3.67
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 350 $179,999 $308,647 $80,455 0.82 2.80
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA 278 $250,000 $480,589 $109,675 0.94 2.92
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 123 $239,900 $473,300 $103,000 0.63 2.86
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 190 $217,500 $434,993 $97,768 0.65 2.75
St. Louis, MO-IL 205 $219,000 $410,000 $79,602 0.66 3.62
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 776 $150,000 $315,426 $81,000 0.72 2.58
Tucson, AZ 105 $200,000 $395,611 $93,000 0.82 2.92
Tulsa, OK 62 $287,500 $471,604 $98,438 0.70 3.35
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 142 $175,000 $368,000 $70,000 0.65 3.08
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 597 $235,000 $480,000 $100,000 0.64 2.76
Wichita, KS 25 $300,000 $435,203 $128,000 1.07 3.71
Winston-Salem, NC 26 $317,250 $597,660 $101,090 0.57 4.02

Source: Small business transactions reported on BizBuySell.com during the second quarter of 2014

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Closed Small Business Transaction Metrics by Geographic Market for the Full-Year 2013

Key metrics from transactions reported on BizBuySell.com by market during 2013

BizBuySell.com
Time Period:
2013
 
Source:
BizBuySell.com
Market # of Reported Sales Median Asking Price Median Sale Price Sales to Asking Price (average) Median Revenue Median Cash Flow Revenue Multiple (average) Cash Flow Multiple (average)
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY6$169,000$169,0001.00$460,000$185,1600.401.55
Albuquerque, NM8$240,000$211,5000.85$268,515$109,3130.792.23
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA223$225,000$200,0000.87$540,000$105,0000.652.55
Austin-Round Rock, TX65$150,000$140,0000.96$367,969$97,0000.561.97
Baltimore-Towson, MD67$175,000$175,0000.87$473,847$81,0000.471.98
Birmingham-Hoover, AL8$190,000$165,0000.94$719,781$80,3620.401.76
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH195$230,000$208,0000.90$500,000$125,0000.492.06
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT44$285,000$275,0000.87$600,000$137,0000.592.13
Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY5$127,5001225000.95$272,000$89,5160.783.15
Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord, NC-SC47$387,500$285,0000.91$601,197$104,9140.592.78
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL-IN-WI164$179,900$150,0000.89$500,000$85,3230.632.28
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN30$350,000$285,0000.92$865,000$139,0000.502.77
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH36$159,000$125,0000.86$300,000$58,1840.592.44
Columbus, OH54$264,000$236,0000.86$702,511$121,0000.372.11
Contra Costa-Alameda-Solano, CA52$267,500$223,0000.92$450,500$117,5000.481.81
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX192$230,000$220,0000.92$500,000$125,0000.612.32
Dayton, OH10$149,000$125,0000.90$377,466$85,0000.431.65
Denver-Aurora, CO133$229,700$225,0000.96$500,000$102,0000.552.23
Detroit-Warren-Livonia, MI81$169,000$150,0000.89$300,000$76,0000.502.11
Durham, NC7$372,500$337,6750.91$797,000$138,5000.442.16
Fresno, CA8$137,000$111,5000.90$154,500$58,0000.581.75
Greensboro-High Point, NC17$200,250$200,0000.98$253,000$90,0230.812.68
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT18$299,000$190,0000.90$450,000$100,0000.422.99
Honolulu, HI7$85,000$78,4000.93$298,000$94,7270.611.53
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX154$167,500$160,0000.92$297,500$91,3820.652.22
Indianapolis-Carmel, IN62$149,450$105,0000.81$285,500$63,9840.431.90
Jacksonville, FL19$192,500$185,0000.88$331,197$73,2870.642.29
Kansas City, MO-KS47$292,000$275,0000.88$496,000$125,2680.632.69
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV39$122,000$107,5000.90$232,150$56,3460.561.71
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA658$175,500$156,0000.92$352,791$84,0000.562.14
Louisville-Jefferson County, KY-IN20$190,000$175,0000.85$294,000$60,0000.832.62
Memphis, TN-MS-AR15$542,500$422,5000.90$981,000$180,0000.422.57
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Miami Beach, FL334$175,000$159,9500.89$379,600$85,0000.571.99
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI26$299,000$262,0000.94$572,000$143,0000.562.49
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI59$150,000$150,0000.88$320,878$70,0000.592.81
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro, TN78$134,500$100,0000.79$350,000$64,5000.561.98
New Haven-Milford, CT19$350,000$450,0001.23$695,000$134,8940.602.46
New Jersey308$200,000$201,5000.96$379,468$117,0670.722.30
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA0       
New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA552$262,500$229,5000.91$480,000$130,6130.642.18
Oklahoma City, OK10$160,000$201,0000.92$347,700$69,0000.622.70
Orange County, CA238$175,000$150,0000.93$339,330$78,3200.582.18
Orlando-Kissimmee, FL192$150,750$145,0000.89$360,000$89,7670.511.96
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD196$275,000$260,0000.93$473,200$130,0000.682.31
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ162$165,000$145,0000.90$350,000$95,0000.601.99
Pittsburgh, PA25$425,000$350,0000.88$699,870$118,5920.662.63
Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA73$250,000$250,0000.92$444,206$100,5000.672.43
Providence-New Bedford-Fall River, RI-MA34$160,450$134,0000.86$411,741$90,0000.442.40
Raleigh-Cary, NC63$277,500$237,5000.92$392,579$107,0000.622.35
Richmond, VA28$250,000$245,0000.90$365,956$100,0000.532.11
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA86$135,000$113,0000.91$249,000$66,5000.581.74
Rochester, NY2$199,0001750000.88$550,000$100,0000.321.75
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA57$189,000$155,0000.92$448,000$100,0000.592.02
Salt Lake City, UT31$450,000$450,0000.97$863,000$170,2460.662.56
San Antonio, TX34$189,000$175,0000.94$300,000$89,1230.682.66
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA124$133,500$122,4950.91$270,000$78,8740.571.79
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA102$325,000$300,0000.91$486,696$136,1730.592.25
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA26$220,000$197,5000.84$320,193$82,6190.522.13
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA77$255,000$233,0000.92$500,000$100,0000.612.52
St. Louis, MO-IL8$97,500$95,0000.98$258,210$53,7070.321.96
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL185$175,000$150,0000.91$329,471$87,5000.542.10
Tucson, AZ19$215,000$195,0000.92$238,696$76,2750.752.30
Tulsa, OK2$223,500$205,5000.91$536,897$77,1950.554.59
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC28$219,750$152,0000.81$454,450$72,5000.482.08
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV207$227,500$200,0000.91$446,185$108,0000.572.22
Wichita, KS11$234,000$192,2250.81$330,804$77,9160.642.29
Winston-Salem, NC11$220,000$194,5000.94$642,000$132,0000.552.13

Source: Small business transactions reported on BizBuySell.com during 2013

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Closed Small Business Transaction Metrics by Sector for the Full-Year 2013

Key metrics from transactions reported on BizBuySell.com by sector during 2013

BizBuySell.com
Time Period:
2013
 
Source:
BizBuySell.com
Sector Sub-Sector Number of Reported Sales Median Sales Price Median Asking Price Sales to Asking Price (average) Median Revenue Revenue Multiple (average) Median Cash Flow Cash Flow Multiple (average)
Communications Communications 9 $250,000 $350,000 0.87 $1,488,862 0.47 $180,000 1.99
Construction Construction-Building 15 $500,000 $550,000 0.95 $1,207,707 0.50 $228,843 2.16
Construction-Heavy 6 $2,100,000 $2,500,000 0.92 $2,800,000 0.71 $1,000,000 2.92
Construction-Special Trades 66 $356,000 $424,500 0.95 $884,344 0.50 $174,474 2.17
Electric, Gas, Water, Sanitary Svcs Electric, Gas, Water, Sanitary Svcs 9 $525,000 $525,000 0.90 $456,748 0.84 $169,700 2.83
Internet Business Services (B2B) 45 $260,000 $285,000 0.87 $301,210 0.99 $104,500 2.37
Consumer Services (B2C) 75 $240,000 $240,000 0.92 $359,965 0.85 $89,000 2.42
Domain Name/Basic Site 21 $180,000 $195,000 0.92 $150,000 1.40 $80,000 2.40
General Internet 2 $574,995 $574,995 1.00 $479,500 1.97 $248,000 3.02
Software 13 $434,000 $500,000 0.73 $484,623 1.10 $353,000 1.57
Web Design/Tech Services 10 $687,500 $700,000 0.83 $550,065 0.96 $308,529 2.56
Manufacturing Apparel & finished fabrics 9 $205,000 $249,950 0.73 $717,638 0.37 $103,000 2.38
Chemicals & Allied Products 3 $1,825,000 $2,325,000 0.89 $1,257,418 1.11 $322,062 4.13
Electronic & Electrical Equip. 17 $550,000 $625,000 0.89 $1,522,234 0.54 $229,000 2.53
Fabricated Metal Products 57 $725,000 $725,000 0.95 $1,275,000 0.84 $280,000 3.56
Food and Kindred Products 37 $395,000 $575,000 0.89 $674,583 0.55 $122,150 3.14
Furniture and Fixtures 14 $265,000 $299,900 0.92 $917,448 0.48 $133,000 2.55
Industrial & Comm. Machinery 5 $820,000 $1,217,000 0.73 $1,830,088 0.51 $337,596 2.21
Lumber and Wood Products 13 $1,175,000 $1,250,000 0.96 $2,000,000 0.37 $420,000 2.59
Measuring & Analyzing Instr. 5 $234,000 $245,000 0.82 $150,000 1.22 $86,101 3.57
Miscellaneous 47 $415,000 $450,000 0.90 $620,057 0.74 $161,000 2.97
Paper & Allied Products 2 $100,000 $100,000 1.00 $64,785 1.54 $24,000 4.17
Primary Metal Industries 15 $525,000 $640,000 0.91 $1,056,122 0.77 $215,869 2.97
Printing, Publishing 51 $300,000 $320,000 0.89 $450,000 0.62 $114,671 2.49
Rubber and Plastic Products 13 $355,000 $595,000 0.91 $900,000 0.95 $136,333 3.04
Stone, Clay, Glass, Concrete 6 $599,500 $637,500 0.94 $835,465 0.80 $188,000 3.21
Textile Mill Products 1 $88,000 $150,000 0.59 $720,547 0.12 $51,453 1.71
Transportation Equipment 4 $1,700,000 $1,700,000 0.96 $3,600,000 0.52 $540,000 2.32
Retail Apparel and Accessory Stores 86 $160,000 $165,000 0.92 $400,087 0.48 $85,000 2.32
Automotive Dealers 34 $750,000 $785,000 0.93 $1,806,651 0.38 $247,500 2.56
Bars/Taverns 304 $195,000 $210,000 0.88 $500,000 0.46 $86,414 2.36
Blding Mat., Hardware, Garden 26 $425,923 $474,898 0.96 $789,262 0.51 $159,318 2.57
Convenience Stores 350 $175,000 $195,000 0.90 $595,000 0.37 $104,172 2.10
Florists 37 $95,590 $104,500 0.95 $335,277 0.32 $60,000 1.96
Gasoline Service Stations 306 $252,500 $275,000 0.98 $568,656 0.62 $149,586 2.73
General Merchandise Stores 35 $124,500 $125,000 0.85 $392,500 0.52 $90,600 2.17
Home Furniture & Furnishings 43 $173,000 $200,000 0.89 $437,991 0.47 $94,320 2.06
Liquor Stores 271 $270,000 $289,000 0.90 $800,000 0.41 $125,000 2.58
Marine Dealers & Equipment 6 $450,000 $495,000 0.92 $4,255,795 0.25 $242,129 2.07
Miscellaneous Retail 208 $145,000 $160,000 0.89 $346,000 0.47 $75,647 2.19
Other Eating & Drinking Places 278 $130,000 $149,500 0.89 $308,000 0.46 $75,000 2.03
Other Food Stores 89 $136,000 $150,000 0.90 $350,000 0.51 $80,000 2.01
Pet Shops & Supplies 21 $95,000 $95,000 0.92 $248,572 0.39 $67,712 1.59
Restaurants 1562 $128,750 $149,250 0.89 $401,739 0.38 $80,000 1.89
Supermarkets 63 $270,000 $275,000 0.86 $1,200,000 0.21 $160,000 1.98
Vending Machines 64 $150,000 $165,000 0.92 $212,000 0.79 $72,800 2.19
Service Agents & Brokers 31 $175,000 $173,500 0.93 $148,000 1.23 $88,000 2.48
Amusement & Recreation 84 $165,000 $189,000 0.87 $275,000 0.73 $84,416 2.26
Auto Repair, Parts & Services 251 $240,000 $260,000 0.91 $572,000 0.62 $120,840 2.52
Beauty Salons, Barber Shops 217 $80,000 $89,000 0.89 $208,520 0.50 $52,000 1.85
Computer & Software Services 43 $230,000 $250,000 0.90 $469,564 0.62 $113,059 2.04
Drycleaning/Laundry Services 325 $199,000 $224,900 0.90 $201,922 0.96 $79,776 2.69
Educational Services 94 $275,000 $325,000 0.88 $437,443 0.87 $112,410 3.17
Engineering & Accounting Svcs 36 $189,900 $225,000 0.93 $180,000 0.95 $87,329 2.11
Finance, Banking, Loans, etc. 27 $352,366 $425,000 0.92 $300,000 1.13 $165,000 2.35
Freight, Moving/Delivery 64 $262,500 $277,500 0.89 $482,798 0.65 $126,553 2.24
Health, Medical & Dental 259 $325,000 $350,000 0.94 $544,000 0.70 $151,000 2.39
Hotels & Other Lodging Places 56 $542,750 $577,500 0.90 $384,208 1.54 $144,075 3.44
Landscaping & Yard Services 163 $128,500 $139,500 0.93 $216,000 0.66 $82,541 1.83
Legal Services 10 $149,500 $192,000 0.82 $294,032 0.71 $112,281 1.59
Marine Repair, Parts & Services 6 $182,500 $205,000 0.89 $496,415 0.41 $100,875 1.90
Membership Organizations 7 $800,000 $950,000 0.92 $526,000 1.42 $180,000 3.19
Miscellaneous Repair Services 52 $300,000 $399,000 0.89 $700,000 0.68 $149,586 2.09
Miscellaneous Services 279 $142,990 $156,500 0.93 $242,218 0.71 $90,000 1.95
Motion Pictures 1 $1,100,000 $1,100,000 1.00 $2,703,647 0.41 $956,155 1.15
Museums, Art Galleries, Zoos 2 $222,500 $222,500 1.00 $822,999 0.49 $99,483 2.24
Other Business Services 248 $222,000 $250,000 0.91 $466,000 0.64 $116,900 2.27
Other Personal Services 176 $87,000 $96,000 0.94 $139,600 0.66 $75,000 1.34
Other Travel & Transportation 19 $400,000 $750,000 0.83 $1,230,000 0.70 $189,364 2.29
Passenger Transportation 26 $325,000 $345,000 0.91 $401,651 0.77 $123,237 2.63
Pet Care & Grooming 34 $160,000 $174,900 0.91 $247,922 0.96 $83,218 2.48
Social Services 6 $492,500 $607,450 0.56 $393,017 0.99 $110,604 3.08
Storage & Warehousing 10 $450,000 $480,000 0.94 $883,000 0.51 $212,500 2.12
Travel Agencies 10 $287,500 $355,000 0.84 $1,200,000 0.47 $146,500 1.99
Wholesale Durable Goods 71 $431,500 $497,000 0.91 $1,002,500 0.56 $172,978 2.80
Nondurable Goods 64 $175,000 $190,000 0.94 $425,000 0.47 $80,000 2.27

Source: Small business transactions reported on BizBuySell.com during 2013

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