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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.

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