How's business?

How's business?

Inf. a question asked in a conversation about the state of someone's business or job. Tom: Hello, Sally. How's business? Sally: Okay, I suppose. Bob: Good to see you, Fred. Fred: Hello, Bob. How's business? Bob: Just okay.
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"How's business? I can't complain," Gonzalez said, even though the shop's 5 a.m.
At the beginning of any conversation between two finance workers, one will ask "How's business?".
Scenario: You are asked, "How's business?" You reply, "Now that the Fed has started raising interest rates, I can't believe we are still lending money at (mortgage rate.)"
Every talk with every client begins with the question, 'how's business?' Our job is to let corporate America know that there is value in engaging with diverse businesses and people.
THESE DAYS ASKING "HOW'S business?" is almost like a secret handshake -- the kind that is used to gain permission to enter a private club -- indicating it is time to discuss privately the oil price and its impeding speculative impact on business.
"How's business?" At meetings and conferences, that's the question you can expect to hear right after, "Hi, how are you doing?" The answer is almost always couched in two frames of reference--pre-recession and post-recession--such as, "I'm doing 10% better than in 2007." (Rarely do they detail the metrics of red ink in 2009 and 2010.) As time goes by, the memory doesn't hurt so much, but it's ever-present.
Wiegert, smiled and asked, "How's business? Picking up?" Mr.
Upon arriving late one evening in Las Vegas to speak at a credit union conference, I asked the cab driver, "How's business?" I heard a profoundly sad story.
HOW'S BUSINESS? The unopposed village store and post office offers well presented premises in a prime trading position in the heart of the village.
Now your store is open, how are the locals and how's business?
Tom never seemed to mind my deviation to capitalistic pursuits and always enquired, "How's business?"
Don't let stress get you down "How's business?" or "Are you busy?" are probably the most common questions asked of people in business.
About a week ago, it was time for another cut, and after exchanging pleasantries-"It's sure hot today but I like it," and "how's business?" and stuff like that-we get down to it.
It's not competition, but when I go into a board meeting and friends ask 'how's business?', I want to be able to tell them something interesting.
"Then, we get them into the show, and we visit with them and ask, 'How's floor traffic?' 'Great!' 'How's business?' 'We're writing more orders than we did last year or perhaps more than we ever have!' 'Great.