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

The NFIB Business Optimism Index in the US decreased to 104.7 in March of 2017 from 105.3 in February, matching market expectations. Despite the fall, the index remained above 104 for the fourth consecutive month, the level not seen since 2004. Slight deterioration was observed for: plans to increase inventories (-1), improvement of the economy (-1), sales expectations (-8), current stocks (-1) and job openings (-2). In contrast, gains were reported for job creation plans (1), capital expenditure plans (3) and actual earnings (4). While overall index remained strong, the uncertainty index reached 93, the second highest reading in the survey's history, pointing to deterioration in small business conditions in the near-term future. It is important to note that the March data were collected before Congress failed to pass a bill repealing and replacing Obamacare. NFIB Business Optimism Index in the United States averaged 97.87 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 Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2017-02-14 11:00 AM Jan 105.9 105.8 105.1 106
2017-03-14 10:00 AM Feb 105.3 105.9 106.1 106.3
2017-04-11 10:00 AM Mar 104.7 105.3 104.7 105.1
2017-05-10 10:00 AM Apr 104.7 106.6
2017-06-14 10:00 AM May 106.7
2017-07-12 10:00 AM Jun 106.4




United States Business Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Business Confidence 57.20 57.70 77.50 29.40 [+]
Services PMI 52.50 52.80 61.00 49.30 Index Points [+]
Non Manufacturing PMI 55.20 57.60 62.00 37.60 percent [+]
Manufacturing PMI 52.80 53.30 57.90 50.70 [+]
Composite Pmi 52.70 53.00 61.00 50.00 Index Points [+]
Industrial Production 1.50 0.30 62.00 -33.70 percent [+]
Industrial Production Mom 0.50 0.10 16.60 -10.40 percent [+]
Manufacturing Production 0.80 1.00 67.90 -39.40 percent [+]
Capacity Utilization 76.10 75.70 89.40 66.70 percent [+]
Durable Goods Orders 0.70 2.30 23.00 -18.40 percent [+]
Durable Goods Orders Ex Defense 0.10 2.70 25.70 -19.20 percent [+]
Durable Goods Orders Ex Transportation -0.20 0.70 6.40 -11.40 percent [+]
Factory Orders Ex Transportation 0.40 0.50 4.60 -7.10 percent [+]
New Orders 476493.00 470202.00 565232.00 223500.00 USD Million [+]
Factory Orders 1.00 1.50 10.20 -9.70 percent [+]
Business Inventories 0.30 0.30 1.40 -2.10 percent [+]
Changes in Inventories 49.60 7.10 117.20 -206.10 USD Billion [+]
Wholesale Inventories -0.10 0.40 2.10 -2.00 percent [+]
Bankruptcies 24114.00 24457.00 82446.00 19695.00 Companies [+]
Corporate Profits 1611.40 1575.40 1703.60 14.40 USD Billion [+]
NFIB Business Optimism Index 104.70 105.30 107.70 80.10 Index Points [+]
NY Empire State Manufacturing Index 5.20 16.40 38.99 -34.30 Index Points [+]
Philadelphia Fed Manufacturing Index 22.00 32.80 58.50 -57.90 Index Points [+]
Richmond Fed Manufacturing Index 20.00 22.00 26.00 -43.00 Index Points [+]
Ism New York Index 56.50 51.30 88.80 23.40 percent [+]
Chicago Fed National Activity Index 0.08 0.27 2.72 -5.09 [+]
Dallas Fed Manufacturing Index 16.80 16.90 46.60 -59.50 Index Points [+]
Chicago Pmi 58.30 57.70 78.80 21.40 Index Points [+]
Total Vehicle Sales 16.62 17.58 21.77 9.05 Million [+]
Car Production 3.13 3.42 9.92 1.29 Million Units [+]
Car Registrations 502.25 441.40 1149.00 331.50 Thousand [+]
Crude Oil Stocks Change -3.64 -1.03 14.42 -15.22 BBL/1Million [+]
Natural Gas Stocks Change 74.00 54.00 147.00 -287.00 Billion cf [+]
Gasoline Stocks Change 3369.00 1542.00 11456.00 -8419.00 Thousand Barrels [+]
Leading Economic Index 181.81 181.47 181.81 70.21 Index Points [+]
Small Business Sentiment 51.67 49.03 59.12 48.35 [+]
Steel Production 6362.00 6874.00 11951.00 3799.00 Thousand Tonnes [+]
Mining Production 2.90 1.00 108.20 -28.80 percent [+]
Competitiveness Index 5.70 5.61 5.79 5.42 Points [+]
Competitiveness Rank 3.00 3.00 7.00 1.00 [+]
Ease of Doing Business 8.00 7.00 8.00 4.00 [+]
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 Notes

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 April of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
104.70 105.30 107.70 80.10 1975 - 2017 Index Points Monthly
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