The median asking price of small- and medium-size businesses for sale in the Sacramento area during last year's fourth quarter was $220,000, according to San Francisco-based BizBuySell.com.
That was up from $197,000 in the third quarter of 2012 but down from $225,000 in the final quarter of 2011.
Fourth-quarter calculations were based on 139 Sacramento-area businesses listed at BizBuySell.com.
The Sacramento statistics are based on listing data, not on actual completed business sales.
Listed businesses in the area had median revenue of $402,706 in last year's fourth quarter, up from $361,722 in the previous quarter but down slightly from $406,524 in the 2011 period.
Nationally, BizBuySell noted that transactions spiked in December as business operators pressed to close sales amid uncertainty over the "fiscal cliff" and tax rates.