U.S. September Small Business Optimism Index: Summary

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

The organization’s monthly small business optimism index fell to 92.8 last month, compared to 92.9 in August.

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

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                             Sept.   Aug.   July   June    May  April  6-mo.
                              2012   2012   2012   2012   2012   2012   Avg.
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Optimism Index                92.8   92.9   91.2   91.4   94.4   94.5   92.9
 Monthly change              -0.1%   1.9%  -0.2%  -3.2%  -0.1%   2.2%   0.1%
                             ----------Percent of firms reporting:----------
Plan to Hire                    4%    10%     5%     3%     6%     5%     6%
Higher selling prices           6%     9%     8%     3%     3%     8%     6%
Increased capital spending     21%    24%    21%    21%    24%    25%    23%
Plan to increase inventory     -1%    -1%    -1%     0%     2%     0%     0%
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                             Sept.   Aug.   July   June    May  April  6-mo.
                              2012   2012   2012   2012   2012   2012   Avg.
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Expect better economy           2%    -2%    -8%   -10%    -2%    -5%    -4%
Expect higher sales             1%     1%    -4%    -3%     2%     6%     1%
Inventory satisfaction         -1%     0%     0%     0%     0%     0%     0%
Positions not able to fill     17%    18%    15%    15%    20%    17%    17%
Easing of credit conditions    -7%    -9%    -7%    -8%   -10%    -8%    -8%
Good time to expand             7%     4%     5%     5%     7%     7%     6%
Positive earnings trends      -27%   -28%   -27%   -22%   -15%   -12%   -22%
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NOTE: All figures are seasonally adjusted. The survey size was 691 firms.

SOURCE: National Federation of Independent Business

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