More than half of businesses in the North reported to be better off than before the war, the Manufacturers Association of Israel said Sunday.
Having been hard-hit by the month-long war, which closed many businesses for the period, 54 percent said they were in a "better position," 48% said their sales were greater than the pre-war period while two-thirds reported a rise in exports The survey of 80 factories in the North showed that 91% of those interviewed were operating again at full capacity and 84% said they were planning to hire workers this year. The factories attributed part of their success to the development and expansion of the Haifa Port, the IMA said.
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