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Business Expectations Survey: Weak demand curbs growing optimism

Wednesday, 09 Sep 2015

Confidence has continued its upward trajectory in the corporate sector, although businesses remain cautiously optimistic as concerns over weak demand and low consumer confidence weigh on their outlook for the final quarter of 2015.

The findings consolidate last month's preliminary Q4 results of Dun & Bradstreet’s Business Expectations Survey, which revealed a distinct shift towards a more positive economic outlook in the short term. Sales, profit and employment expectations are driving the overall results, while capital investment remained in the doldrums, reflecting a disconnect between growing business sentiment and a reluctance to invest or take on debt.

View the findings (PDF) here.