The Small Business Optimism index slipped 0.1-point to 94.0 in August, the National Federation of Independent Business said Tuesday.

Despite the overall index holding, job creation plans surged "to a level not seen since before the recession and sales expectations improved." Sales and profit trends declined, and expectations for improvement in general business conditions were "increasingly negative."

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