Small-business owners in the U.S. turned slightly more pessimistic in February, although employment readings--from the U.S.'s main source of new jobs--grew a shade more positive.
The Small Business Optimism Index lost 1.3 points to 88.0 last month, reported the National Federation of Independent Business in a press release Tuesday.
The NFIB noted that only two of 10 components posted gains last month.
The subindex covering expected business conditions dropped 10 points to a -9 reading, and sales expectations dropped 3 points to zero.
The NFIB said that owners complained "poor sales" was their top problem.
Source: Dow Jones Newswires