Businesses are expecting to see increased activity as we approach the end of the year, with profit, sales and employment activity all expected to rise during the final quarter.
According to Dun & Bradstreet’s latest Business Expectations Survey, the percentage of businesses with a positive outlook has increased to its highest level since January this year, with 66 per cent of survey respondents feeling more optimistic about growing their business in the year ahead.
Despite the optimistic sentiment, some questions remain regarding the lingering gap between expected and actual results. The two indexes are currently tracking similar trajectories after moving towards alignment during the first half of 2015. A pattern has been established, however, of actual results consistently falling short of expectations.
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