- About one in five small-business owners expects to lower the number of jobs at their company over the next 12 months -- the largest amount since the inception of the index in 2003.
- Despite improvements in consumer spending over the past few months, 44% of business owners said their revenues have decreased a little or a lot in the past 12 months, up from 38% in July. Looking ahead 12 months, 29% expect lower revenues, up 11 points from the prior reading and the highest percentage since the second quarter of 2009.
- One in three small-business owners expects to lower capital spending in the next 12 months. Additionally, 40% reported decreased capital spending over the past 12 months.
- The number of business owners expecting to be in a "poor" financial position over the next 12 months rose to 28%, while the percentage expecting "poor" cash flow increased to 30% -- both at their highest level since the index began in 2003.
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