Survey says: Small business optimism improves

A monthly measure of optimism among small business owners rose in October, although the latest reading continues to reflect recessionary conditions. The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) reported that its Index of Small Business Optimism gained 2.7 points to climb to 91.7. The index, based on the results of monthly surveys of small business […]

Consumer confidence rises, but index signals little change

A monthly measure of consumer confidence has increased, but continued concerns about the economy and jobs reflect no big changes in sentiment. The Conference Board reported that its Consumer Confidence Index (CCI) advanced 1.6 points to 50.2 in October on slightly more upbeat assessments of current conditions and the short-term outlook. “Consumer confidence, while slightly […]

Leading economic index forecasts slow growth, but little momentum

A monthly measure of future economic activity in the United States continues to forecast growth, but at its slowest pace in more than a year. The Conference Board reported that its Leading Economic Indicator (LEI) rose three-tenths of  percent in September. A separate measure of past performance also increased, while a measure of current activity […]

Small business optimism mired at recessionary level

A monthly measure of confidence among small business owners edged up for a second straight month, but continues to reflect conditions typical of an economy mired in recession. “The downturn may be officially over, but small business owners have, for the most part, seen no evidence of it,” said William Dunkelberg, chief economist for the […]

Optimism index inches upward, but owners mostly pessimistic

A monthly measure of optimism among small business owners edged up a bit in August, but still reflects a mostly pessimistic outlook. The National Federation of Independent Business reported that its Index of Small business Optimism rose seven-tenths to 88.8. The index, based on the results of monthly surveys of small business owners across the […]

Leading economic index reflects slowing growth, but not recession

A monthly measure of future economic performance in the United States continues to reflect a weak economy, but not one headed back into recession. The Conference Board Reported that its Leading Economic Index (LEI) edged up a tenth of a percent in July. Measures of current and past economic performance also increased. “The indicators point […]

Index: Small business owners shaken, not stirred

A monthly measure of optimism among small business owners retreated further in July even as concerns about business and labor conditions mounted. The National Federation of Independent Business reported that its Index of Small Business Optimism dropped nearly a point to 88.1. The latest decline comes on the heels of a 3.2-point drop in June. […]

Census layoffs contribute to shrinking payrolls

U.S. payrolls fell for a second straight month as more temporary census workers lost their jobs. According to Labor Department Estimates for July, nonfarm payrolls fell 131,000 as government layoffs more than offset hiring in other sectors. The U.S. unemployment rate remained unchanged at 9.5 percent. Employment to conduct the 2010 census has influenced overall […]

Colorado business leaders upbeat about third quarter

A quarterly index tracking confidence among Colorado business leaders has climbed to its highest level in three years on more upbeat expectations for the state economy. The Leeds Business Confidence Index rose to 54.8 for the third quarter of 2010. That’s up from 51.7 for the second quarter and the highest level since the second […]

Consumer confidence drops as concerns mount

A monthly measure of consumer confidence has declined for a second straight month as concerns mount over business and labor conditions. The Conference Board reported that its Consumer Confidence Index (CCI) fell 3.9 points in July to 50.4. With losses in June and July, the index has dropped a total of more than 12 points […]