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

Expected obstacles to businesses or organizations over the next three months, by selected industries, second 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
Rising cost of inputs 37.8 59.2 48.1 39.2 24.3 50.9
Recruiting skilled employees 27.8 39.1 28.5 32.4 20.6 32.3
Attracting new or returning customers 27.8 33.9 27.0 35.3 41.4 42.6
Fluctuations in consumer demand 26.7 33.1 31.2 37.1 27.0 41.0
Cost of insurance 26.3 25.7 18.8 23.5 21.9 35.1
Travel restrictions and travel bans 24.6 29.1 39.1 30.0 42.0 36.8
Shortage of labour force 23.8 29.7 21.3 27.3 13.0 36.4
Government regulations 23.3 21.1 15.3 28.5 45.7 39.5
Transportation costs 22.8 35.5 41.1 27.5 7.9 19.2
Difficulty acquiring inputs, products or supplies domestically 22.2 42.9 27.7 29.6 8.4 14.1
Maintaining sufficient cash flow or managing debt 22.2 28.5 20.6 25.9 28.9 38.0
Retaining skilled employees 22.1 23.9 17.6 32.0 18.8 31.1
Insufficient demand for goods or services offered 19.6 24.2 19.8 23.5 30.2 26.6
Increasing competition 16.8 19.4 20.3 19.9 8.1 20.3
Maintaining inventory levels 13.7 22.2 25.5 35.2 1.9 15.6
Obtaining financing 12.6 13.5 9.6 14.5 11.9 21.5
Difficulty acquiring inputs, products or supplies from abroad 11.4 31.5 30.3 18.7 2.4 7.3
Speed of internet connection 10.0 6.1 8.2 10.1 8.4 9.6
Shortage of space or equipment 6.1 15.4 11.3 6.0 6.1 4.5
Challenges related to exporting goods and services 3.2 8.8 8.1 5.4 1.8 1.6
Intellectual property protection 2.0 6.3 2.8 0.6 2.9 1.1
Other 4.2 2.1 5.3 4.8 9.3 3.9
None 16.0 6.9 8.8 10.5 10.4 8.1
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