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CEO Confidence Unsteady on Economic Prospects

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Thu Feb 05 2009

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(September T+D) According to The Conference Board's Measure of CEO Confidence, executives who rate the current economy favorably rose to 39 points in the second quarter of 2008, a slight rise from 38 in the first quarter. A score above 50 indicates that a majority of CEOs view the economy positively.

The last time the measure fell below 38 was in the final quarter of 2000 when it was at 31 points.

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"CEOs continue to rate current economic conditions as unfavorable, and their short-term expectations suggest this slow growth environment will exist for the remainder of the year," says Lynn Franco, director of The Conference Board Consumer Research Center.

Current economic conditions barely registered an improvement for CEOs, with less than 7 percent stating economic conditions had improved, compared to 3 percent last quarter. In assessing their own industries, business leaders were more pessimistic. Approximately 9 percent claim conditions are better-a decline from 14 percent in the first quarter. (Read entire article.)

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