U.S. small-business optimism hits 2-year low amid shutdown

THE NATIONAL FEDERATION of Independent Business’s optimism index fell 3.2 points to 101.2, the lowest since November 2016. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/SCOTT EELLS
THE NATIONAL FEDERATION of Independent Business’s optimism index fell 3.2 points to 101.2, the lowest since November 2016. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/SCOTT EELLS
NEW YORK - Sentiment among United States small businesses slumped in January to the lowest level since Donald Trump became president, as the economic outlook weakened amid the longest-ever U.S. government shutdown. The National Federation of Independent Business’s optimism index fell 3.2 points to 101.2, the lowest since November 2016, according to a report. That’s…

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