Tim Kinane

Small Business Optimism at Highest Levels Since Start of 2014


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WSJ – Vistage-Infographic-0814 TJK

WSJ-Vistage CEO-Survey Summ-0814

Optimism among small firms rose to its highest level since the

start of 2014, with the August reading the second highest since

the survey first began in June of 2012. The WSJ/Vistage Small

Business CEO Confidence Index was 109.8 in the August 2014

survey, up from 107.7 in July and above last year’s 104.2. The

August reading was only slightly below the peak of 111.5 set

in January 2014. All component questions improved in August,

indicating broadly improving conditions. Of particular note was

that small firms were more willing than any time in the past two

years to expand their productive capacity by increasing their

fixed investment expenditures. Plans to add to their workforce

rebounded as did anticipated revenues.

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