Half of Pennsylvania employers surveyed said business conditions have worsened in the past six months.
LANCASTER COUNTY, Pennsylvania: Upcoming This Summer: Headache Inflation for Mark Garber, co-owner of Big Dog Craft Brewing in Manheim Township. Beer is more expensive to make because of higher cereal prices, and rising costs for other foods have forced Garber to pass on costs to customers through higher menu prices.
“There’s definitely a bit of anxiety right now with the last six months with things going up,” he said. “… We are trying to make adjustments, but at the same time there is always the concern that there will be a price where people will stop going out.”
Garber is among two-thirds of Pennsylvania business owners for whom inflation is a major concern, according to the Lincoln Institute’s 2022 Spring Keystone Business Climate Survey. Half also said trade conditions have worsened in the past six months.
Inflation is the only factor that makes profits smoke.
“We get frustrated because we don’t have the product they want,” said Bill Shupp of D&S Cigar Lounge, also located in Manheim Township.
The pandemic slowed production in countries where cigars are made. In conjunction with supply chain disruptions, Shupp said D&S Cigar Lounge has trouble storing shelves.
“We’re not bringing in as many cigars as we normally would, and the cost of them has obviously gone up a bit,” he explained.
Shupp said it has adapted by helping customers choose other brands they might like.
Pennsylvania businessmen in the poll were also pessimistic about political leaders; no state or federal official or institution had a positive net favorability rating.
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