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Received: 2022-09-18  |  Accepted: 2022-12-05  |  Published: 2022-12-30

Title

Assessment of financial health of service sector companies in the Central European region


Abstract

The objective was to evaluate the financial development of the service sector affected by anti-pandemic measures against COVID-19, and to propose a strategy for the sector´s further development. To fulfil the objective, the following indicators were used: return on assets (or total capital), return on equity, return on sales, share of sales per employee, cash liquidity, current liquidity and total liquidity. Overall, the service sector in Central Europe can be assessed as being in good economic shape. In terms of profitability indicators, companies in the service sector in Central Europe are above the EU average. All can be summarized quite briefly. In the near future, the Czech Republic must address stabilization of return on sales (which is extremely volatile). Close attention must also be drawn to labour productivity, which is half the European Union average. Finally yet importantly, it is evident that companies use too many fixed assets. Slovakia, Hungary and Poland can be considered stable countries that were not harmed by the COVID-19 pandemic, or were able to quickly eliminate the consequences. They can thus focus on the overall improvement of financial health indicators and sustainable development. Germany, and particularly Austria, can be found at the top of the group. Companies in the service sector are very stable, well above average compared to the EU. However, a certain degree of caution can be observed in relation to them. They can be advised to reduce liquidity of companies, which nowadays works against profitability indicators.


Keywords

service sector, COVID-19, financial indicators, strategy for further development


JEL classifications

L89 , M21


URI

http://jssidoi.org/jesi/article/1031


DOI


Pages

375-393


Funding


This is an open access issue and all published articles are licensed under a
Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License

Authors

Bartoš, Vojtěch
Brno University of Technology, Brno, Czech Republic https://www.vutbr.cz
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Vochozka, Marek
Institute of Technology and Business in České Budějovice, České Budějovice, Czech Republic https://www.vstecb.cz
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Škopková, Kateřina
Institute of Technology and Business in České Budějovice, České Budějovice, Czech Republic https://www.vstecb.cz
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Journal title

Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Issues

Volume

10


Number

2


Issue date

December 2022


Issue DOI


ISSN

ISSN 2345-0282 (online)


Publisher

VšĮ Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Center, Vilnius, Lithuania

Cited

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