October 11, 2011 / 11:31 AM / 8 years ago

Sept small business confidence improves: NFIB

Small-business owners Ralph Gorham (2nd L) and Susan Povich (R) work with their employees to sell lobster rolls at their shop "Redhook Lobster Pound" in New York December 16, 2010. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Small businesses in the United States grew more confident in the economy’s future for the first time in seven months during September as their outlook for sales improved, according to survey released on Tuesday.

The National Federation of Independent Business said its Small Business Optimism Index rose 0.8 point to 88.9. The increase was largely because fewer small business owners expect inflation-adjusted sales to contract.

The index reading was based on a survey of NFIB members.

Reporting by Jason Lange; Editing by Leslie Adler

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