OBSTACLES AHEAD

Executives are expecting a tough uphill climb in meeting their financial projections during the second half, despite healthy tax rebates and an economy that is slowly showing signs of an uptick.Most executives interviewed by SN said they met their first-half-year projections and performance goals. However, rising labor costs, individual states wrestling with budget shortfalls, a less-than-confident

Executives are expecting a tough uphill climb in meeting their financial projections during the second half, despite healthy tax rebates and an economy that is slowly showing signs of an uptick.

Most executives interviewed by SN said they met their first-half-year projections and performance goals. However, rising labor costs, individual states wrestling with budget shortfalls, a less-than-confident consumer, and overall competition were cited as big issues of concern going forward in

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