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Survey: Top CEOs Report Weaker Economic Outlook for 1Q

by Associated Press  on Wednesday, Mar. 20, 2019 11:03 am   1 min read


The new survey showed that companies' sales expectations dropped 9.6 percentage points in the first quarter of the year. (Business Roundtable)





WASHINGTON — Top U.S. CEOs are reporting that their economic outlook weakened in the first three months of the year although it remains above its historical average.


The Business Roundtable also said Wednesday its first-quarter survey of CEOs showed strong support for Congress to create a new national law governing consumer data privacy.


The group's economic outlook index for the January-March quarter fell to 95.2, down from 104.4 in the fourth quarter of 2018. The lower reading, however, far exceeded the index's historical average of 82.4 for the ninth straight quarter.


The new survey showed that companies' plans for capital investment fell 6.9 percentage points since the fourth quarter, while sales expectations dropped 9.6 percentage points.


The Busines Roundtable is a lobbying organization of major companies' chief executives. Its board of directors includes Doug McMillon, CEO of Walmart Inc. of Bentonville.

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