U.S. Nov. Small Business Optimism Index: Summary

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

The organization’s monthly small business optimism index rose to 98.1 last month, compared to 96.1 in October.

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

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                              Nov.   Oct.  Sept.   Aug.   July   June  6-mo.
                              2014   2014   2014   2014   2014   2014   Avg.
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Optimism Index                98.1   96.1   95.3   96.1   95.7   95.0   96.1
 Monthly change               2.1%   0.8%  -0.8%   0.4%   0.7%  -1.7%   0.3%
                             ----------Percent of firms reporting:----------
Plan to Hire                   11%    10%     9%    10%    13%    12%    11%
Higher selling prices           4%     8%     4%     6%    14%    14%     8%
Increased capital spending     25%    26%    22%    27%    23%    22%    24%
Plan to increase inventory      2%     3%     2%     1%     0%    -1%     1%
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                              Nov.   Oct.  Sept.   Aug.   July   June  6-mo.
                              2014   2014   2014   2014   2014   2014   Avg.
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Expect better economy          13%    -3%    -2%    -3%    -6%   -10%    -2%
Expect higher sales            14%     9%     5%     6%    10%    11%     9%
Inventory satisfaction         -3%    -3%     0%    -2%    -3%    -2%    -2%
Positions not able to fill     24%    24%    21%    26%    24%    26%    24%
Easing of credit conditions    -6%    -5%    -7%    -5%    -5%    -7%    -6%
Good time to expand            11%    11%    13%     9%    10%     7%    10%
Positive earnings trends      -17%   -20%   -19%   -17%   -18%   -18%   -18%
Net compensation               21%    19%    18%    22%    21%    21%    20%
Net compensation plans         15%    13%    15%    15%    14%    13%    14%
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NOTE: All figures are seasonally adjusted. The survey size was 615 firms.

SOURCE: National Federation of Independent Business

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