* The rate of inflation (Consumer Price Index) last month was lower than expected.
* Inflation at the wholesale level also eased in October.
* The University of Michigan index of consumer sentiment fell in November.
The Small Business Optimism Index dropped 0.8 points in October to 91.3, the 10th consecutive month the index has been below the 49-year average of 98.
Hiring at small businesses declined by 1.94% in October.
Small businesses are finding it more difficult to borrow money at all sorts of lending institutions, according to the October Biz2Credit Small Business Lending Index.
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