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Small-business optimism drops despite upbeat hiring plans
Small-business optimism drops despite upbeat hiring plans

Small-business owners were less optimistic about the economy last month despite reporting their best job creation plans since 2007, according to a leading private survey released Tuesday. The optimism index from the National Federation of Independent Business fell 1.6 points in June  to 95, the first drop in four months. Driving the decline was a steep fall-off in the outlook for general business conditions six months from now. The net difference between the percentage of owners who expected conditions to get better and those who expected conditions to get worse was negative 10% in June. The figure was zero the previous month, meaning small-business owners were evenly split on the...

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