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Small Business Confidence At Highest Level In 18 Months, Survey Says

Written by Jenna Weiner
Published: 8/31/2009

The August Small Business Watch from Discover reported the highest small business confidence index level since February 2008.

Thanks to the gradually improving economic indicators flooding the news, for small business owners August was the most optimistic time in 18 months, according to the latest Discover Small Business Watch.

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The August survey, released this week, found that the small business confidence index rose by 7.7 points from July to reach 89.8. This is the highest level seen since the 90.9 recorded in February 2008.

In addition, the number of small business owners who believe the economy is getting worse reached the lowest level since the start of the survey three years ago, landing at 43 percent. The number of respondents who believe the economy is getting better improved 8 points to 38 percent.

This improved confidence will likely fuel increased corporate spending, as the number of small business owners who expect to increase spending on business development increased 4 points to 27 percent, while the number of respondents who plan to decrease spending fell 6 points to 43 percent. One-quarter of respondents do not plan to make any expenditure adjustments.

The Discover survey follows an earlier report from Reuters and the University of Michigan, which found that consumers are more optimistic about the country's future economic performance than they are about current conditions.

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