Small Business Owners Feel Better Featured

By Staff Writer March 13, 2019 376

The National Federation of Independent Businesses Small Business Optimism Index improved modestly in February, increasing 0.5 points to 101.7.

Views about future business conditions and the current period as a good time to expand improved as did plans to make capital outlays.  Earnings trends weakened, as a million laid off workers and others affected by the federal government’s shutdown cut back on spending.

The loss of sales falls right to the bottom line. Worker compensation and selling prices were lower in February than they were in January, but job openings rebounded remaining at historically high levels.

The Uncertainty Index fell 1 point to 85, a small decline but still showing a lot of residual uncertainty from the government shutdown.

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