Faith in the Future

Entrepreneurs believe that the economy will soon take a turn for better remains surprisingly strong, according to a new survey

As small-business owners see it, the economy will get better by the end of the year. For now, though, earnings are falling, capital spending is on hold, and they're whittling inventory. That's the gist of the latest monthly survey by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), taken in July.

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