9/11/2013

An index that tracks small-business optimism declined in August, but there were also some positive signs for the economy. The index picked up on pessimism about earnings but found that small-business owners plan to create more jobs. "Capital spending and inventory investment plans increased as well, all activities that would put some energy into GDP [gross domestic product] growth," according to the National Federation of Independent Business, which is responsible for the index.

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