Small Business Keeps On Rollin'

Worries grow, but so do profits

Although the stock market has recovered and credit markets are on the mend, many large U.S. companies--particularly manufacturers--are feeling the pain of falling exports and sagging profits. So it's hardly surprising that planned layoffs by major corporations are soaring and that a recent Conference Board survey of chief executive officers found that their confidence has plummeted to a seven-year low.

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