Surveys of small businesses are producing mixed results. While Vistage International's CEO Confidence Index showed small businesses reporting slow gains in revenue and profit, NFIB's latest small-business optimism index dropped and has been below 93 since January 2008. The "persistence of Index readings below 90 is unprecedented in survey history," according to NFIB. The Vistage survey also showed that 44% of business owners surveyed plan to hire workers in the next year, while an adjusted net of only 2% of owners in the NFIB survey expect to add employees in the next three months.
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