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Thursday, March 30, 2006

KPMG's After-Tax Business Cost Guide

KPMG has released Competitive Alternatives, a guide to international business costs.  Here is the Executive Summary:

Competitive Alternatives represents KPMG's guide to comparing business costs in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. This report measures the combined impact of 27 cost components that are most likely to vary by location, as applied to specific industries and business operations. The eight-month research program covered 128 cities in nine industrialized countries: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and the United States. More than 2,000 individual business scenarios were examined, analyzing more than 30,000 items of data. The basis for comparison is the after-tax cost of startup and operation for representative business operations in 12 industries, over a 10-year planning horizon. Results are based on the combined results for a group of comparable cities in each country, and are expressed in comparison to the baseline results of the United States.

5 Lowest-Cost U.S. Cities for Businesses

5 Highest-Cost U.S. Cities for Businesses

93.0: Dothan, AL

112.6: New York, NY

93.7: Greenville-Spartanburg, SC

108.5: San Jose, CA

94.1: Lexington, KY

107.8: Boston, MA

94.3: Lima, OH

107.7: Newark, NJ

94.7: Charleston, WV

105.3: Hartford, CT

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