Capital-plan, Job-opening Reductions Drag NFIB Small-business Index Lower

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Dragged lower by big drops in plans to make capital outlays and in current job openings, an index of small-business optimism fell in September. The National Federation of Independent Business said Tuesday its small-business optimism index fell 0.8 points to 95.3, which is 5 points below the pre-recession average. Six components fell and four rose.

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