U.S. January Small Business Optimism Index: Summary

U.S. small business optimism increased in January, according to the National Federation of Independent Business.

The organization’s monthly small business optimism index rose to 93.9 last month, compared to 93.8 in December.

Following is a table compiled from the January small business optimism index.

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                              Jan.   Dec.   Nov.   Oct.  Sept.   Aug.  6-mo.
                              2012   2011   2011   2011   2011   2011   Avg.
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Optimism Index                93.9   93.8   92.0   90.2   88.9   88.1   91.2
 Monthly change               0.1%   2.0%   2.0%   1.5%   0.9%  -2.0%   0.7%
                             ----------Percent of firms reporting:----------
Plan to Hire                    5%     6%     7%     3%     4%     5%     5%
Higher selling prices          -1%     0%     0%    -1%     6%     1%     1%
Increased capital spending     24%    24%    24%    21%    20%    21%    22%
Plan to increase inventory     -3%     2%     0%     0%    -2%    -5%    -1%
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                              Jan.   Dec.   Nov.   Oct.  Sept.   Aug.  6-mo.
                              2012   2011   2011   2011   2011   2011   Avg.
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Expect better economy          -3%    -8%   -12%   -16%   -22%   -26%   -15%
Expect higher sales            10%     9%     4%    -4%    -6%   -12%     0%
Inventory satisfaction          1%     0%    -1%     0%    -1%     1%     0%
Positions not able to fill     18%    15%    16%    14%    14%    15%    15%
Easing of credit conditions    -9%    -9%   -10%   -11%   -12%   -13%   -11%
Good time to expand             9%    10%     8%     7%     6%     5%     8%
Positive earnings trends      -24%   -22%   -28%   -26%   -27%   -26%   -26%
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NOTE: All figures are seasonally adjusted. The survey size was 2,155 firms.

SOURCE: National Federation of Independent Business

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