Hot Business List — March 2011

Hot Business List — March 2011

Below you will find the current “hot” business list courtesy of data from Businesses For Sale (www.businessesforsale.com). We asked Businesses For Sale for a monthly ranking of business types based on the number of “hits” on their site. This ranking is not based on the actual sale of businesses.

We are simply trying to provide a glimpse at what buyers are looking at now. We felt that displaying businesses sold would reflect the past rather than the future.

Of the top ten listed below, eight are food and drink type businesses. I include C-Stores as they do sell food and drink. Keep this in mind, that today’s buyer, perhaps more than ever, is a first time-buyer and wants something he or she is comfortable and familiar with. Interestingly, looking at data from many years ago, the top sellers look very familiar.

E-Commerce is also right up there. This category obviously includes a lot of different type of businesses. Since I believe that main street business brokerage is still a numbers business (and I don’t mean necessarily financial numbers). The more fast food businesses the office has listed, the more they have to show a prospecting buyer. Buyers who want something in the easy food line might buy a bagel shop, a sandwich shop or similar business.

Businessesforsale.com is an English company and very good site to place your listings with. But, they break down their lists by country. So, the lists below are based on activity in the U.S.

Top Ten Main Street Businesses for March 2011:

  1. Convenience Stores
  2. Restaurants
  3. E-Commerce Business
  4. Bars
  5. Auto Repair Businesses
  6. Sandwich Shops
  7. Non Franchised Fast Food Businesses
  8. American Restaurants
  9. Fast food Franchises
  10. Bagel Shops

Top Ten M&A Businesses for March 2011:

  1. Design Businesses
  2. Educational and School Related
  3. Air Transport Businesses
  4. Machinery and Metal Manufacturing Businesses
  5. Marketing Businesses
  6. Auto Repair & Service Businesses
  7. Miscellaneous Distribution Businesses
  8. Construction Supply Businesses
  9. Health and Beauty Businesses
  10. Publishing Businesses

Top 10 Businesses for January 2011:

1. Miscellaneous Restaurants

2. Convenience Stores

3. Bars

4. E-Commerce Businesses

5. American Restaurants

6. Nightclubs

7. Auto Repair, Service and Parts Businesses

8. Cafe Bars

9. Fast Food Franchises

10. Websites

Top 10 M&A Mid Market Businesses for January 2011

1. Miscellaneous Home and Garden Businesses

2. Auto Repair, Service and Parts Businesses

3. Glaziers

4. Miscellaneous Distribution Businesses

5. Events

6. Machine Shop Manufacturing

7. Miscellaneous Service Businesses

8. Miscellaneous Vehicle Related Businesses

9. Glass Products Manufacturers

10. Software Businesses

Top 10 Businesses for December 2010:

1. Bars

2. E-Commerce Businesses

3. Restaurants

4. Fast Food Franchises

5. Convenience Stores

6. Miscellaneous Restaurants

7. Websites

8. Nightclubs

9. Gas/Service Stations

10. Sales Businesses

Top 10 M&A Mid Market Businesses for December 2010:

1. Miscellaneous Distribution Businesses

2. Fabrication Businesses

3. Bagel Shops

4. Machine Shop Manufacturers

5. Metal Products Manufacturers

6. Building Service Businesses

7. Electrical Appliance Manufacturers

8. Chemical Related Businesses

9. Miscellaneous Wholesale

10. Miscellaneous Construction

Top 10 Businesses for November 2010:

1. E-Commerce Businesses

2. Convenience Stores

3. Miscellaneous Restaurants

4. Auto Repair, Service and Parts Businesses

5. Sandwich Shops and Delivery Businesses

6. Bars

7. American Restaurants

8. Liquor Stores

9. Non Franchised Fast Food Restaurants

10. Gas Stations

Top 10 M&A Businesses for November 2010:

1. Casinos

2. Auto Repair, Service and Parts Businesses

3. Miscellaneous Wholesale Businesses

4. Miscellaneous Manufacturing Businesses

5. Miscellaneous Transport Services

6. Miscellaneous Health Care Businesses

7. Management Consultancy Businesses

8. Miscellaneous Service Businesses

9. Financial Services Businesses

10. Consultancy Businesses

Top businesses for October 2010:

1. E-Commerce Businesses

2. Convenience Stores

3. Websites

4. Bars

5. Sandwich Shops

6. Non Franchised Fast Food Businesses

7. Miscellaneous Restaurants

8. American Restaurants

9. Fast Food Franchises

10. Liquor Stores

Top M&A businesses for October 2010:

1. Hotels

2. Miscellaneous Manufacturing Businesses

3. Art Galleries and Museums

4. Drug Stores and Pharmacies

5. Miscellaneous Distribution Businesses

6. E-Commerce Businesses

7. Road Haulage and Freight Services Businesses

8. Building Services Businesses

9. Miscellaneous Health and Beauty Businesses

10. Metal Products Manufacturers

 


Sold Businesses by Type for Past Years

For informational purposes (and perhaps to provide a little history and satisfy some curiosity) we have provided information on what sold in years past.

 

2007

Service (consulting, dry cleaning, quick print, video, etc.) 19%
Manufacturing 17%
Retail 15%
Food & Drink Related 15%
Distribution 11%
Professional Practices 09%
Other (coin laundry, routes, etc.) 07%
Auto Related 07%

2006

Serivce (dry cleaning, video, quick print, etc.) 19%
Retail 16%
Food & Drink Related 15%
Manufacturing 15%
Other (coin laundry, routes) 10%
Distribution 09%
Professional Practices 09%
Auto Related 08%

2005

Service (dry cleaning, video, quick print, etc.) 25%
Retail 17%
manufacturing 16%
Food & Drink Related 14%
Distribution 11%
Auto Related 09%
Other (coin laundries, routes, etc.) 05%
Professional Practices 04%

2003

  1. Service
  2. Food & Drink Related
  3. Manufacturing
  4. Retail
  5. Professional Practices
  6. Auto Related
  7. Distribution
  8. Other
  9. Franchise Sales

1978

Misc. Food Businesses 29%
Retail 14%
Markets 09%
Service 09%
Coffee Shops 08%
Beer Taverns 07%
Liquor Stores 06%
Cocktails 06%
Miscellaneous 06%
Coin Laundries 04%
Wholesale 02%

 

 
 
Exciting News: A New Business Brokerage Website Is on the Horizon! Keep an Eye Out for Updates.
+