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Small Business Optimism Breakdown

SMALL BUSINESS OPTIMISM INDEX

Roller coaser continues: After Feb.'s decline, confidence up 2 points in March to 93.4

Index component

Net %

Chnage from Feb.

Plans to increase employment

5%

-2

Plans to make capital outlays

24%

-1

Plans to increase inventories

1%

6

Expect economy to improve

-18%

1

Expect real sales higher

12%

9

Current inventory

0%

4

Current job openings

22%

0

Expected credit conditions

-7%

0

Now a good time to expand

8%

2

Earnings trends

-24%

3

Source: NFIB                                                                                    CNBC