The Deloitte CFO Survey
2012 Q3 results
Uncertainty: 26% of CFOs are optimistic about the economic outlook, while 30% are pessimistic and 44% are uncertain.
Pressure on margins: 60% expect a decrease in operating margins within the next 12 months, only 13% expect an increase.
Defensive strategies: 89% said cost reduction is their top corporate priority.
Cheap credit: 70% view the cost of credit as low, and only 9% describe it as high.
Risk: 67% consider a decline in foreign demand to be the biggest risk in the next 12 months. Only 35% worry about domestic demand.
Euro crisis: 48% is the probability, according to Swiss CFOs, that Greece will no longer be part of the eurozone in three years.