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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.

Nearly 25% of CEOs Expect Drop in Profits and Cap Ex This Year

The CEO Confidence Index continued its decline into September, falling to 4.88 out of a possible 10. The Index hasn't been this low since September 2010’s 4.85. Most CEOs predict a stagnant year, and around one quarter of CEOs expect to see a decrease in profits and capital expenditures.

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66 Percent of CEOs Plan to Freeze or Downsize Workforce Size Over the Next 12 Months

The beginning of August brought Washington’s debt ceiling circus followed shortly by S&P’s downgrade of American debt. And, in turn, CEO confidence in business conditions remained negative. Though the CEO Confidence Index rose slightly (0.4 percent) it remained at a dismal 5.30 out of a possible 10.

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CEO Confidence Falls to Grim Ten-Month Low, 5.28 out of 10

CEO confidence continued its downward spiral in July and fell to a 10-month low of 5.28 out of a possible 10. The outlook for the American workforce is grim; the unemployment rate reached 9.2% in June, and more than 45 percent of CEOs expect not to do any hiring over the next 12 months.

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Crash in CEO Confidence; Revenue and Profit Estimates Plummet

The CEO Confidence Index plunged 12.2 percent in June to 5.36 out of a possible 10. This is more than one full point lower than 2011’s high of 6.39 in February. CEOs’ expectations were far lower on everything from revenue and profit to employment and capital expenditures.

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CEO Confidence Index Falls on Worries over Inflation and Gov’t Debt

Following an optimistic April, the CEO Confidence Index fell 2.2 % in May to 6.09 out of 10. Only 65 % of CEOs predict that overall business conditions will be ‘good’ or better over the next year. Chief executives focused primarily on the possibility of inflation and increasing levels of government debt.

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Confidence on the Rise for Big Companies While Small Ones are Still Wary

April brought an upswing in CEO sentiment, according to Chief Executive's CEO Confidence Index. The Index rose 3.3% to reach 6.22 out of 10. More than two thirds of CEOs (68.1%) foresee an economy that is 'good' or better over the next 12 months.

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CEO Confidence at Highest Level in Over 3 Years

CEO confidence is at its highest point since July 2007. The Index rose to 6.25 out of 10 in January — 6.9% higher than the previous month. Over 68% of the 377 CEOs surveyed rated their expectations for business conditions as at least 'good.'

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