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

The NFIB Small Business Optimism Index in the US edged down to 104.5 in April of 2017 from 104.7 in March but above market expectations of 104. Despite the fall, the index remained above 104 for the fifth consecutive month, the level not seen since 1983. Deterioration was observed for plans to make capital outlays (-2) and in expectations regarding credit (-1) and business (-8) conditions. In addition, plans to increase employment and earnings were unchanged. In contrast, improvements were seen in plans to increase inventories (1), good time to expand (2), current inventories (2) , current job openings (3) and expectations for higher sales (2). It is important to note that most of April data were collected immediately after Congress failed to repeal and replace Obamacare. NFIB Business Optimism Index in the United States averaged 97.88 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)
2017-03-14 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
2017-05-09 10:00 AM Apr 104.5 104.7 104 104.5
2017-06-14 10:00 AM May 106.7
2017-07-12 10:00 AM Jun 106.4
2017-08-09 10:00 AM Jul 105




United States Business Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Business Confidence 54.80 57.20 77.50 29.40 [+]
Services PMI 53.10 52.80 61.00 49.30 Index Points [+]
Non Manufacturing PMI 57.50 55.20 62.00 37.60 percent [+]
Manufacturing PMI 52.80 53.30 57.90 50.70 [+]
Composite Pmi 53.20 53.00 61.00 50.00 Index Points [+]
Industrial Production 2.20 1.50 62.00 -33.70 percent [+]
Industrial Production Mom 1.00 0.40 16.60 -10.40 percent [+]
Manufacturing Production 1.70 0.70 67.90 -39.40 percent [+]
Capacity Utilization 76.70 76.10 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 0.00 0.30 4.60 -7.30 percent [+]
New Orders 478185.00 476493.00 565232.00 223500.00 USD Million [+]
Factory Orders 0.50 0.80 10.20 -9.40 percent [+]
Business Inventories 0.20 0.20 1.40 -2.10 percent [+]
Changes in Inventories 10.30 49.60 117.20 -206.10 USD Billion [+]
Wholesale Inventories 0.20 0.30 2.10 -2.00 percent [+]
Bankruptcies 23591.00 24114.00 82446.00 19695.00 Companies [+]
Corporate Profits 1611.40 1575.40 1703.60 14.40 USD Billion [+]
NFIB Business Optimism Index 104.50 104.70 107.70 80.10 Index Points [+]
NY Empire State Manufacturing Index -1.00 5.20 38.99 -34.30 Index Points [+]
Philadelphia Fed Manufacturing Index 38.80 22.00 58.50 -57.90 Index Points [+]
Richmond Fed Manufacturing Index 20.00 22.00 26.00 -43.00 Index Points [+]
Ism New York Index 55.80 56.50 88.80 23.40 percent [+]
Dallas Fed Manufacturing Index 16.80 16.90 46.60 -59.50 Index Points [+]
Chicago Fed National Activity Index 0.49 0.07 2.73 -5.10 [+]
Chicago Pmi 58.30 57.70 78.80 21.40 Index Points [+]
Total Vehicle Sales 16.88 16.62 21.77 9.05 Million [+]
Car Production 3.54 3.13 9.92 1.29 Million Units [+]
Car Registrations 569.19 502.25 1149.00 331.50 Thousand [+]
Crude Oil Stocks Change -1.75 -5.25 14.42 -15.22 BBL/1Million [+]
Natural Gas Stocks Change 68.00 45.00 147.00 -287.00 Billion cf [+]
Gasoline Stocks Change -413.00 -150.00 11456.00 -8419.00 Thousand Barrels [+]
Leading Economic Index 182.29 181.81 182.29 70.21 Index Points [+]
Small Business Sentiment 51.67 49.03 59.12 48.35 [+]
Steel Production 7003.00 6362.00 11951.00 3799.00 Thousand Tonnes [+]
Mining Production 7.30 3.70 108.20 -28.80 percent [+]
Corruption Index 74.00 76.00 78.00 71.00 Points [+]
Corruption Rank 18.00 16.00 24.00 14.00 [+]
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 [+]


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 May of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
104.50 104.70 107.70 80.10 1975 - 2017 Index Points Monthly
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