"dropped slightly" and "little changed" are two sides of the same coin. Or two ways to say essentially the same thing. But the semantics matter - changed is neutral, dropped sounds better.That's like Oil Companies increased profits by 100% !!!!! when it is in reality gone from 1% of revenue to 2% - a huge increase, insn't it? Oh, and we need to tax that "windfall" so they don't profit from gouging to poor consumer.It's all in the spin. And people suck it up without using thier brains and thinking about the context.