Small business owners are increasingly upbeat in their economic outlook, according to accounting software developer Sage.

The most recent Sage Business Index survey polled 10,000 businesses worldwide, including over 1,900 businesses in the U.S. When asked about their business prospects over the next six months, American respondents were overwhelmingly positive with an index value of 61.07, a sizeable increase from the 55.31 index value from the summer of 2011 (Indexes are based on a scale where zero to 50 is negative and 50 to 100 is positive).

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