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Small-business sentiment falls as economic expectations slide sharply

Small-business sentiment fell again in June as business owners grew increasingly frustrated with Washington gridlock. The monthly sentiment tracker from the National Federation of Independent Business ticked down 0.9 points to 103.6, the fifth-straight month of declines or unchanged readings. The index now sits halfway between its pre-election reading of 98.4, and 105.8, the level to which it surged after the upset election of Donald Trump.

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