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The Business Roundtable CEO Economic Outlook Index stood at 94.5 for the third quarter of 2017, edging up from 93.9 in the second quarter.

The Business Roundtable CEO Economic Outlook Index — a composite of CEO plans for capital spending and hiring and projections for sales over the next six months — reached its highest level in three years, since the second quarter of 2014 (95.4). The Index stood at 93.9 in the second quarter of 2017, up from 93.3 in the first quarter. For the second quarter in a row, the Index stands well above its historical average of 80.0.

CEOs’ plans for hiring and investment, and expectations for sales over the next six months jumped sharply, according to the Business Roundtable first quarter 2017 CEO Economic Outlook Survey.

CEOs report higher expectations for sales and hiring over the next six months, but lower expectations for capital investment, according to the Business Roundtable fourth quarter 2016 CEO Economic Outlook Survey.

CEOs report lower expectations for sales, roughly unchanged plans for hiring and nearly flat plans for capital spending in the third quarter of 2016. Overall, the results suggest that the American economy is likely to continue to experience lackluster growth.

Business Roundtable released the Q2 2016 CEO Economic Outlook Survey. Capex & hiring expectations are up, but GDP outlook remains weak.

For the fourth quarter in a row, CEO expectations on the economy remain mixed, indicating an economy performing below its potential, according to the Business Roundtable first quarter 2016 CEO Economic Outlook Survey, released today.

According to BRT's Q4 CEO Economic Outlook Survey, CEOs expressed growing caution about the U.S. economy’s near-term prospects and indicated they are moderating their plans for capital investment over the next six months for the third quarter in a row.

Survey Reveals Dampened Expectations for Sales, Capital Spending and Hiring

Survey Reveals Slower Sales and GDP Growth Expectations

2015 GDP of 2.8% -- Up Slightly, but Below Economy’s Full Potential; More Optimistic on Sales and Investment Next 6 Months. CEOs say Congressional Action on Trade Would Boost U.S. Jobs, Competitiveness, Economic Growth

The BRT fourth quarter 2014 CEO Economic Outlook Index declined moderately from the third quarter, with capital spending declining the most. CEOs were also asked to identify the two most significant factors holding back increased U.S. investment spending. In response, CEOs said that U.S. tax policy and regulatory issues are limiting U.S. investment spending.

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