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The Index of Small Business Optimism gave up 2.6 points in March, falling to 91.9. Four components rose or were unchanged, while six lost ground. The "hard" components of the Index (job creation, job openings, capital spending plans and inventory plans) added two points while the "soft" components (the other six in the table above) gave up 31 points. Index was driven by weaker expectations for real sales gains and business conditions and a marked deterioration in profit trends. The decline in the percent of owners expecting higher real sales and better business conditions in six months alone account for 76 percent of the decline in the Index.

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Title Annotation:SUMMARY
Publication:Economic Trends
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Apr 1, 2011
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