United States Nfib Business Optimism Index  1975-2017 | Data | Chart

The NFIB's Index of Small Business Optimism in the US fell to 103 in September 2017 from a six-month high of 105.3 in August, and below market expectations of 105.1. It was the lowest reading since November last year. The number of small business owners who expected better sales plunged a net 12 points last month and those who think that it’s a good time to expand dropped a net 10 points. Also, expected better business conditions (-6) and capital expenditure plans (-5) retreated in September. Still, the index remained high by historical standards. NFIB Business Optimism Index in the United States averaged 97.96 Index Points from 1975 until 2017, reaching an all time high of 107.70 Index Points in July of 1983 and a record low of 80.10 Index Points in April of 1980.

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Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2017-08-08 10:00 AM NFIB Business Optimism Index 105.2 103.6 103
2017-09-12 10:00 AM NFIB Business Optimism Index 105.3 105.2 103
2017-10-10 10:00 AM NFIB Business Optimism Index 103 105.3 105.1 105.4
2017-11-08 11:00 AM NFIB Business Optimism Index 103 105.7
2017-12-08 11:00 AM NFIB Business Optimism Index 105.9


United States Business Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Business Confidence 60.80 58.80 77.50 29.40 [+]
Manufacturing PMI 53.10 52.80 57.90 50.70 [+]
Non Manufacturing PMI 59.80 55.30 62.00 37.60 percent [+]
Services PMI 55.30 56.00 61.00 49.30 Index Points [+]
Composite Pmi 54.80 55.30 61.00 50.00 Index Points [+]
Industrial Production 1.50 2.40 62.00 -33.70 percent [+]
Industrial Production Mom -0.90 0.40 16.60 -10.40 percent [+]
Manufacturing Production 1.50 1.40 67.90 -39.40 percent [+]
Capacity Utilization 76.12 76.88 89.40 66.70 percent [+]
Durable Goods Orders 1.70 -6.80 22.10 -17.90 percent [+]
Durable Goods Orders Ex Defense 2.20 -7.90 24.80 -18.60 percent [+]
Durable Goods Orders Ex Transportation 0.20 0.80 7.50 -6.80 percent [+]
Factory Orders Ex Transportation 0.40 0.50 4.60 -7.30 percent [+]
New Orders 471684.00 466360.00 565232.00 223500.00 USD Million [+]
Factory Orders 1.20 -3.30 10.20 -9.40 percent [+]
Business Inventories 0.70 0.30 1.30 -2.00 percent [+]
Changes in Inventories 5.50 1.20 132.20 -206.10 USD Billion [+]
Wholesale Inventories 0.90 0.60 2.10 -2.00 percent [+]
Bankruptcies 23443.00 23591.00 82446.00 19695.00 Companies [+]
Corporate Profits 1643.80 1642.70 1741.40 14.40 USD Billion [+]
NFIB Business Optimism Index 103.00 105.30 107.70 80.10 Index Points [+]
Philadelphia Fed Manufacturing Index 23.80 18.90 58.50 -57.90 Index Points [+]
Richmond Fed Manufacturing Index 19.00 14.00 27.00 -44.00 Index Points [+]
Ism New York Index 49.70 56.60 88.80 23.40 percent [+]
NY Empire State Manufacturing Index 30.20 24.40 38.99 -34.30 Index Points [+]
Dallas Fed Manufacturing Index 21.30 17.00 46.60 -59.50 Index Points [+]
Chicago Fed National Activity Index -0.31 0.03 2.73 -5.12 [+]
Chicago Pmi 65.20 58.90 78.80 21.40 Index Points [+]
Total Vehicle Sales 18.57 16.14 21.77 9.05 Million [+]
Car Production 3.02 2.62 9.92 1.29 Million Units [+]
Car Registrations 501.98 502.59 1149.00 331.50 Thousand [+]
Crude Oil Stocks Change -2.75 -6.02 14.42 -15.22 BBL/1Million [+]
Natural Gas Stocks Change 87.00 58.00 147.00 -287.00 Billion cf [+]
Gasoline Stocks Change 2490.00 1644.00 11456.00 -8428.00 Thousand Barrels [+]
Leading Economic Index 182.50 182.28 182.50 70.21 Index Points [+]
Small Business Sentiment 51.67 49.03 59.12 48.35 [+]
Steel Production 7064.00 7071.00 11951.00 3799.00 Thousand Tonnes [+]
Mining Production 9.70 10.40 108.20 -28.80 percent [+]
Ease of Doing Business 8.00 7.00 8.00 4.00 [+]
Competitiveness Index 5.70 5.61 5.79 5.42 Points [+]
Competitiveness Rank 3.00 3.00 7.00 1.00 [+]
Corruption Index 74.00 76.00 78.00 71.00 Points [+]
Corruption Rank 18.00 16.00 24.00 14.00 [+]


United States Nfib Business Optimism Index

NFIB Small Business Optimism Index is a composite of ten seasonally adjusted components calculated based on the answers of around 620 NFIB members. This questions include: plans to increase employment, plans to make capital outlays, plans to increase inventories, expect economy to improve, expect real sales higher, current inventory, current job openings, expected credit conditions, now a good time to expand, and earnings trend. This page provides - United States Nfib Business Optimism Index - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. United States Nfib Business Optimism Index - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on October of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
103.00 105.30 107.70 80.10 1975 - 2017 Index Points Monthly
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