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CEO Confidence Index

CEO Confidence Index Methodology

Chief Executive surveys CEOs each month to compile our CEO Confidence Index data. Survey results are released each month on ChiefExecutive.net and covered in each issue of Chief Executive magazine.

CEO Confidence Drops for the Second Consecutive Month; Many CEOs Believe a Change in the White House is the Only Cure to Business Woes

The CEO Confidence Index fell 3.7% in July to 5.36 out of a possible 10. The Index has fallen a whopping 11.1% from its 2012 high of 6.03 in February. The overwhelming message from CEOs: uncertainty is crippling our businesses, and we need a change in the White House to fix it.

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CEOs Expect Higher Revenues, Lower Profits in May 2012

The CEO Confidence Index rose 1.7% in May to 5.96 out of a possible 10. This increase in expectations comes after a decline in CEO confidence in both March and April. The Index is up 3% for the year.

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73.5% of CEOs Expect Increased Revenues Over Next 12 Months

The CEO Confidence Index fell back below 6.0 to 5.98 in March. The Index dropped 0.8% from last month on economic and political concerns. February’s Index was calculated before President Obama released his budget for the 2013 fiscal year, a plan that relies heavily on taxes.

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45% of CEOs to Hire in the Next Year

The CEO Confidence Index gained 4.3% in February, landing at 6.03 out of 10. This is the first time that the Index has ventured above 6.0 since May of 2011. One especially encouraging metric is hiring; over 45% of CEOs expect to expand their workforce over the next 12 months.

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CEO Confidence Steady, But Stays Weak

The CEO Confidence Index leveled out at 4.88 out of 10 after a steady decline through 2011. Almost half of CEOs expect not to do any hiring over the next 12 months. Fifty-four percent expect to see an increase and revenues and 46 percent expect to see an increase in profits.

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