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Small-business sentiment dips on trade ‘uncertainty,’ NFIB says

July 09, 2019 / ANDREA RIQUIER

The numbers: The index of small-business optimism from the National Federation of Independent Business declined 1.7 points to 103.3 in June. That’s a gloomier reading than the consensus forecast of 104.0.What happened: Six of 10 index components fell, three improved, and one stayed the same. Notably, owners’ plans to increase employment and to spend on capital both declined, as did expectations of higher sales ahead.