I know you're in Canada but I think you're probably in the same boat
as the US. Business has been quiet everywhere this summer, at least
rising inflation (yes I know that they keep saying it's under
control, but with gas staying at $3/gallon, that's just hogwash),
rising metal prices, stagnant wages coupled with severely rising
health care costs (at least here in the US), people worried about
the environment, the economy and the war in Iraq I believe the retail
business has become stagnant. That translates to less wholesale
orders, which yes translates to less jobs. It doesn't have to be a
disaster for everyone if you stay on your toes and adjust quickly to
the changing market conditions, but I'm not expecting much growth
for the next couple of years.
Daniel R. Spirer, G.G.
Daniel R. Spirer Jewelers, LLC
1780 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02140