Small-business optimism fell in June, a turnaround from a slight increase in May, according to a survey from the National Federation of Independent Business.
The group's economic index fell to 93.5, from 94.4 in May, which was its second-highest reading since the recession started. Job-creation plans increased slightly in June, the group reported, but expectations for improved business conditions remained negative.
“The economy remains ‘bifurcated,’ with the big firms producing most of the GDP growth with little help from small business,” Bill Dunkelberg, the group's chief economist, said in a statement. “That balance is shifting, but unfortunately because larger firms are losing ground, not because small business is growing faster."
Plans to increase inventory dropped four points, making it the main contributor to the index's decline. Also, expectations for higher sales fell three points from May.