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Small Business Optimism Slips on Expectations of Weak Economy

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Tuesday morning reported that its small business optimism index for June fell 1.6 points from 96.6 in April to 95.0. The June reading ...
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Small Business Optimism Climbs to Another Post-Recession High

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Tuesday morning reported that its small business optimism index for May rose 1.4 points from 95.2 in April to come in at 96.6. ...
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Small Business Optimism at Post-Recession High

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Tuesday morning reported that its small business optimism index for April rose 1.8 points from 93.4 in March to come in at 95.2. ...
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Small Business Optimism Rises

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Tuesday morning reported that its small business optimism index for March rose two points from 91.4 in February to come in at 93.4. ...
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Small Business Optimism Sinks on Uncertainty

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Tuesday morning reported that its small business optimism index for February dropped a substantial 2.7 points from 94.3 in January to come in ...
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Office Supplies Get Stapled to the Ceiling

The office supplies sector was challenged even before Thursday. Now things are worse after Staples Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS) said that its sales are being challenged and that it would close ...
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Sharp Rise in Small Business Optimism for Sales, Hiring

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Tuesday morning reported that its small business optimism index for January ticked up a bare 0.2 points to come in at 94.3. Last ...
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How Office Depot Just Became a Huge Buy Rather Than a Huge Sell

Office Depot Inc. (NYSE: ODP) has just completed its OfficeMax merger. It also has a new chief executive to boot. Now the research team at Bank of America Merrill Lynch ...
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Small Business Optimism Sinks in October

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Tuesday morning reported that its small business optimism index for October dropped 2.3 points to come in at 91.6. As recently as last ...
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ISM October Surprise: Manufacturing Sector Is Booming!

Two different manufacturing reports hit the tape this morning. The more important and broader measurement from the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) report on business covered the manufacturing sector for ...
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Little Change in Small Business Optimism

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Tuesday morning reported that its small business optimism index for September came in at 93.9, down slightly from August's revised reading of 94.1. ...
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Small Business Optimism in the Doldrums

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) reported Tuesday morning that its small business optimism index for August came in at 94, essentially flat with July’s reading of 94.1. In May the ...
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Small Business Optimism Up Slightly in July

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) this morning reported a rise of 0.6 points in its small business optimism index, from 93.5 in June to 94.1 in July. In ...
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Small Business Optimism Faded in June

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) this morning reported a drop of 0.9 points in its small business optimism index, from 94.4 in May to 93.5 in June. The ...
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Small Business Confidence Rises in April

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) this morning reported an increase of 2.6 points in its small business optimism index, up from 89.5 in March to 92.1 in April. ...
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