Highlights of Small-Business Optimism (January)

ē Overall index rose by 2 points to 106.9 (est. 105.3), close to Novemberís 107.5 reading that was highest in monthly data to 1986

ē 32% said now was a good time to expand businesses, exceeding all monthly figures to 1986 and quarterly readings back to 1973

ē Net 41% expect economy to improve, up from 37% month earlier