Table 1 
Expected obstacles to businesses or organizations over the next three months, by selected industries, first quarter of 2021 

Expected obstacles to businesses or organizations over the next three months, by selected industries, first quarter of 2021
  All businesses Manufacturing Wholesale trade Retail trade Arts, entertainment and recreation Accommodation and food services
  % of businesses% of businesses% of businesses% of businesses% of businesses% of businesses
Fluctuations in consumer demand 31.4 35.2 39.6 43.3 30.1 45.5
Insufficient demand for goods or services offered 29.2 32.3 34.9 26.9 32.5 50.5
Rising costs of inputs 25.5 38.7 34.9 20.6 14.1 38.8
Maintaining sufficient cash flow or managing debt 24.2 27.8 22.2 24.0 29.4 42.5
Recruiting and retaining skilled employees 24.1 24.5 21.1 23.7 19.6 28.8
Supply chain challenges 23.8 44.2 46.9 37.3 8.4 22.1
Government regulations 22.9 18.9 20.4 24.0 43.6 38.1
Cost of insurance 20.1 13.7 16.0 13.7 16.9 29.9
Shortage of labour force 19.5 23.0 9.5 20.5 8.0 23.2
Travel restrictions 19.3 26.6 31.3 15.6 25.7 27.6
Increasing competition 19.1 16.6 17.1 20.6 12.2 23.2
Maintaining inventory levels 13.3 19.5 29.1 31.6 4.4 17.0
Obtaining financing 10.3 10.9 10.5 10.5 11.5 18.9
High-speed Internet 7.2 5.4 4.8 4.7 10.0 3.9
Shortage of space or equipment 5.2 8.3 8.8 5.7 7.0 3.1
Challenges related to exporting goods and services 3.4 7.7 11.4 1.3 3.8 1.7
Intellectual property protection 1.5 2.7 3.0 1.0 4.3 0.6
Other 6.2 4.6 6.3 5.3 13.7 8.1
None 17.9 12.1 11.5 10.5 18.6 11.3
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