The Discover Small Business Watch index is the most up-to-date poll on conditions in the sector which has accounted for the vast majority of employment growth in all the economic recoveries of the past 30-five years. The DSBW Index collapsed in November, to 76.5 from 88 in October. December remains unchanged. But fewer small business owners expect the economy to improve.
The number of small business owners who think the economy is getting worse was down to 49 per cent from 53 per cent in November; while 24 per cent of small business owners see the economy staying the same, up from 16 per cent in November; 25 per cent see the economy getting better, down from 28 per cent in November; and 2 per cent are not sure.