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U.S. July Small Business Optimism Index: Summary

Aug. 14 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. small business optimism declined in July, according to the National Federation of Independent Business.

The organization’s monthly small business optimism index fell to 91.2 last month, compared to 91.4 in June.

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

=============================================================================
                              July   June    May  April  March   Feb.  6-mo.
                              2012   2012   2012   2012   2012   2012   Avg.
=============================================================================
Optimism Index                91.2   91.4   94.4   94.5   92.5   94.3   93.1
 Monthly change              -0.2%  -3.2%  -0.1%   2.2%  -1.9%   0.4%  -0.5%
                             ----------Percent of firms reporting:----------
Plan to Hire                    5%     3%     6%     5%     0%     4%     4%
Higher selling prices           8%     3%     3%     8%     6%     1%     5%
Increased capital spending     21%    21%    24%    25%    22%    23%    23%
Plan to increase inventory     -1%     0%     2%     0%     0%     2%     1%
=============================================================================
                              July   June    May  April  March   Feb.  6-mo.
                              2012   2012   2012   2012   2012   2012   Avg.
=============================================================================
Expect better economy          -8%   -10%    -2%    -5%    -8%    -6%    -7%
Expect higher sales            -4%    -3%     2%     6%     8%    12%     4%
Inventory satisfaction          0%     0%     0%     0%     3%     2%     1%
Positions not able to fill     15%    15%    20%    17%    15%    17%    17%
Easing of credit conditions    -7%    -8%   -10%    -8%   -11%   -10%    -9%
Good time to expand             5%     5%     7%     7%     7%     8%     7%
Positive earnings trends      -27%   -22%   -15%   -12%   -23%   -19%   -20%
=============================================================================
NOTE: All figures are seasonally adjusted. The survey size was 1,803 firms.

SOURCE: National Federation of Independent Business

To contact the reporter on this story: Alex Tanzi in Washington at atanzi@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Marco Babic at mbabic@bloomberg.net

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