The results were in line with some other indicators of small business sentiment. A National Association of Manufacturers survey said small manufacturing firms expect their sales to rise at a slower pace in the next year than larger manufacturers.
The NFIB survey was conducted through June 29, the day after the Supreme Court upheld the Obama administration's health care overhaul. The impact of the decision on owners' sentiment will likely be reflected in the NFIB's July index, Dunkelberg said.
The June survey also showed that owners expect earnings to decline. The number of jobs they currently have open fell. So did their plans to increase inventories. The only component of the index that showed a gain was expectations for credit conditions. Owners believe that credit will be easier to obtain in the coming months.
The index was compiled from the responses of 740 randomly selected NFIB members.