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Small Business Economic Confidence Dips for First Time in Five Months

National Minimum Wage Will Have Little Effect on Business Owners

Small business owners' confidence in the U.S. economy dipped somewhat in December, although optimism about the year ahead still remains high, according to the monthly Discover (R) Small Business Watch (SM). This month's Watch fell to an adjusted 109.7 from its four-month high of 114.6 in November, pointing to a leveling of an autumn-long surge in confidence reported by a survey of 1,000 small businesses with five or fewer employees.

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