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be bumping along the bottom

To be in poor condition and showing 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.
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be bumping along the bottom

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If a market or an economy is bumping along the bottom, it has reached a low level of performance, and is not getting any better or any worse. He warned that the economy seemed to be bumping along the bottom. Note: You can also say that something is bumping along at the bottom. People are beginning to sense that we are bumping along at the bottom, but we are not going any further down.
See also: bottom, bump

be bumping along the bottom

(of an economy or industry) be at the lowest point in its performance without improving or deteriorating further.
See also: bottom, bump
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I wouldn't have expected the survey to show great optimism and for clubs to say, 'Yeah, we're all doing financially well' because most clubs are bumping along the bottom.
uk, says: "With mortgage rates still bumping along the bottom but predicted to rise in the next 12 to 18 months, a longer-term fix currently looks attractive.
And without that kickstart to our economy, Wales is going to carry on bumping along the bottom forever and a day.
General Secretary Frances O'Grady said: "The Government's self-defeating austerity plan means that the UK economy could be bumping along the bottom for some time.
The UK economy may be bumping along the bottom but there are still opportunities out there and the entrepreneurs in this area are looking for opportunities.
David Jones, from Jones and Redfearn Rhyl estate agent, said: "We are now at the bottom and have been bumping along the bottom for some months now.
More than four million Britons have decided to go it alone - a 20-year high - but with the economy still bumping along the bottom it can be a struggle to make money.
Overall, while the national employment numbers have been slowly improving, Rooney said, "and the state numbers have firmed up, here in Lane County we've been bumping along the bottom since the end of 2009.
And after bumping along the bottom for the first three months they have sparked and a run of five straight wins was only ended in midweek by blustery goalless draw with big boys Whitley Bay.
I don't want to use the phrase bumping along the bottom even though it's true because I know you're all tired of hearing it," said Matt Van Buren, a CBRE executive who manages the firm's midtown brokerage operations and spoke during the breakfast.
In our view, we are bumping along the bottom, and competition is increasing as more supply chases fewer dollars.
Home improvement retailers are bumping along the bottom of the economic valley and will be led out by improving turnover of existing housing and the revitalization of new home construction.
France and Germany are starting to come out of recession while the British bulldog is still bumping along the bottom of the curve, accompanied by an Irish tiger who is only just throwing e1/475 billion euros at his bankers and builders and still faced with a black hole in his bank, rather than a tiger in his tank.
I think prices are pretty well established and I think we are bumping along the bottom.
Staples' top leader Ron Sargent told analysts, "I feel like we're kind of bumping along the bottom of this recession.