Business Barometer® - Small business confidence continues to climb in August

TORONTO, Aug. 29, 2013 /CNW/ - Small business confidence continued to increase in August, according to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). The Business Barometer® index rose 1.7 points to 65.9, its highest mark since February.

"Once again, increased confidence among Ontario entrepreneurs has powered the national average, although the Index numbers are up in seven of the ten provinces," said Ted Mallett, CFIB's chief economist and vice-president. "So far, the summer is shaping up to be considerably better than the spring for small business owners."

Entrepreneurs in Saskatchewan (70.7) are the most optimistic in Canada, with Newfoundland and Labrador (70.4) a close second, followed by Alberta (69.5), Ontario (67.8) and British Columbia (66.3). Quebec (59.0), New Brunswick (58.5), Nova Scotia (58.0), and Manitoba (57.6) are below the national average, while Prince Edward Island (50.0) is at the back of the pack.

"August has been a pretty good month for businesses engaged in agriculture, manufacturing, retail, professional services and hospitality," added Mallett. "On the other hand, we're seeing uneven or weak outlooks for construction and transportation."

Measured on a scale of 0 and 100, an index level above 50 means owners expecting their businesses' performance to be stronger in the next year outnumber those expecting weaker performance. According to past results, index levels normally range between 65 and 70 when the economy is growing at its potential. The August 2013 findings are based on 1,018 responses, collected from a stratified random sample of CFIB members, to a controlled-access web survey. Findings are statistically accurate to +/- 3.1 per cent 19 times in 20.

Read the August 2013 Business Barometer® at www.cfib.ca/barometer.

CFIB is Canada's largest association of small and medium-sized businesses with 109,000 members across every sector and region.

SOURCE Canadian Federation of Independent Business

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