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Time needed to return to pre-pandemic levels in U.S. wholesale trade 2021

In March 2021, 42.2 percent of U.S. small businesses operating in the wholesale trade estimated that business activities could go back to the pre-pandemic levels in at least six months. Another 17.3 percent stated that it might take four to six months to go back to normal level of operations relative to one year ago, while about nine percent of small businesses taking part to the poll believed a return-to-normal as unlikely to happen.

Expected time needed to return to pre-pandemic levels among small businesses in U.S. wholesale trade as of March 2021

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Release date

March 2021


United States

Survey time period

March 8-14, 2021

Number of respondents

885,000 businesses*

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

Original question: "In your opinion, how much time do you think will pass before this business returns to its normal level of operations relative to one year ago?"

* The Small Business Pulse Survey is a voluntary survey that requests information of single-location employer businesses with between 1-499 employees and receipts of $1,000 or more in the 50 states, District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

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