bump along the bottom

bump along the bottom

To be in poor condition and show no improvement. Typically used to describe economic issues. Without major changes, the economy will still be bumping along the bottom for many years to come.
See also: bottom, bump
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If you look at the polls Nick Clegg and his Lib Dems seem stuffed as they bump along the bottom.
The study by PwC and the Local Data Company paints a stark picture of the state of Britain's high streets as the economy continues to bump along the bottom.
Chamber president David Horsman said: "The economy in our region continues to bump along the bottom with very little sign of any gathering momentum or sustained recovery in any of the important economic indicators.
Prices continue to bump along the bottom and could start to rise, especially if buyers remain active and fewer sellers enter the market," Trisha McCarthy, president of the Realtors group, said in a news release.
BOLD action from the Government is needed to deliver growth or the economy will bump along the bottom for longer than expected, a leading business group has warned.
If the market continues to bump along the bottom then it may not sustain the business plan," he admits.
We then seemed to bump along the bottom of the well before things started picking up, only for business to find it increasingly difficult to source finance from the banks to aid their recovery.
The old reliable knocker rig allows the weight to bump along the bottom and the bait to remain slightly suspended.
Still, Shipside warned that a robust recovery is far from imminent: "With only seven [major] lenders remaining in the lending game, including three government-backed institutions that are prioritizing their balance sheets over new lending, we are set to bump along the bottom for some time yet.
Nor will a technical end to recession mean much, if it just means that we bump along the bottom without creating jobs.
But there are other signs that indicate the economy will continue to bump along the bottom for months, particularly in the manufacturing sector, even after the recession is proclaimed officially over by the economists.
While President Obama, Congress, and the American people debate financial regulatory reform, foreclosures continue to mount as embattled housing markets bump along the bottom.
While another setback cannot be ruled out, the more likely outcome is that the economy will bump along the bottom for a little while before starting a fragile recovery driven by higher exports, renewed investment in working capital, and a slightly stronger pattern of domestic consumption.
The city soothsayers are agreed rates will bump along the bottom until late 2010 while what recovery there is will be fragile.
While another economic setback cannot be ruled out, the more likely outcome is that the economy will bump along the bottom for a little while before starting a fragile recovery.