Small Business Owners Show Significant Increase in Economic Optimism

Dateline City: CHARLOTTE, N.C. Bank of America/CFI Group Small Business Forecast Finds More Confidence About Growth Potential, Though Many Still Taking Modest Approach to Hiring and Investing Small business owners handed out significantly higher scores when asked about the health of the economy and their potential for economic growth Read more [...]

German industrial output falls unexpectedly, but investor optimism picks up – business live

Geopolitical risks and May Day Bank Holiday blamed, as output across Germany's factories falls by 1.8% in MayInvestor morale rises in JulyGermany's industrial output drops'Disappointing data' from GermanyGame of Thrones give Spanish jobless a liftStock markets dip a littlePhotos: Angela Merkel visits ChinaWhat's coming up today Continue reading... Business | The Guardian Read more [...]

Job optimism at highest level since recession, survey suggests

But squeeze on living standards and skills gap may continue to cause problemsA new survey on job prospects in the UK shows that companies are at their most optimistic about hiring new workers since the onset of recession. But the squeeze on living standards will continue, with most employers in the CBI's poll remaining cautious about increasing pay – only 7% intend to raise salaries by more than inflation.The business lobby group's Latest financial, market & economic news and analysis | Read more [...]