Coronavirus to Test Small-Business Optimism


Before the coronavirus jolted stock markets and global supply chains, U.S. small-business confidence was the highest it had been in more than a year. Now the question is whether that optimism can overcome the uncertainty created by the disease.

The fear of the infection spreading in the U.S. and elsewhere sparked last week a frenzied selling of stocks and buying of medical masks. Companies large and small, especially those that rely on Chinese production or suppliers, have warned that the coronavirus is affecting their business….

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