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More profitable, more liquid and having better credit quality are a few of the traits of smaller businesses that do not use credit, a SBA Office of Advocacy study revealed.

Released in June, the Bank Credit, Trade Credit or No Credit: Evidence from the Surveys of Small Business Finances report compared firms that use credit (leveraged) with those that do not (unleveraged). The study also looked at which kind of credit leveraged firms use bank credit such as loans or lines of credit, trade credit from suppliers or both. Credit unions were not examined.

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