A majority of America’s largest companies are ready to step up hiring this year and more than 90% expect sales to improve, a survey found.
The Business Roundtable said that 52% of its members plan to increase hiring in the next six months. That’s the largest proportion for the group since it began surveying its members nine years ago. The trade group represents CEOs from roughly 200 of the nation’s largest companies.
More than 60% also plan to spend more on long-lasting manufactured goods, such as computers and machinery, according to the survey of 142 executives taken in early March.
The group’s members are more optimistic than at any point since the survey began in 2002. Its CEO economic outlook index rose to 113, up from 101 in the previous quarterly survey. The index plummeted to -5, its lowest level, in the January-March quarter of 2009.
Still, the executives expect the overall economy to grow only a modest 2.9% this year. That’s up from their forecast three months ago of 2.5 %.
source: USA Today
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