Of course the housing market and high energy prices hurt the economy overall, but it's these situations which could actualy help businesses like ARCI. With consumers being strapped for cash, they are going to be more attracted to "scratch & dent" places like ARCI like never before. They'd rather be able to pay their heating bill and still have a perfectly good appliance than to not pay their heating bills and get the latest and greatest top-of-the-line model from the typical retailer. ARCI is providing a valuable service.
ARCI is not growing thanks to the retail sales branch. It's the potential which lies in the recycling business and energy conservation programs that is boosting the stock. Their revenues from this business recently boosted x5 from 2M to 10M . ARCI can be seen as a "green stock" now. That's why I'm on this one and why it will grow in the long term (if they keep on like this).