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Q2 2012 Global CFO Signals

Retrenching again

What a difference a quarter makes. If it looked like CFOs globally shook some of their gloom in the first quarter of 2012, that may have been an illusion. Pessimism is back again — in force. In fact, CFO optimism has decreased markedly in the majority of countries that track this sentiment since their last surveys.

To find out how these CFOs are reacting to the current environment, read the Global CFO Signals 2Q12 survey results (PDF located at the top of the page). This edition highlights second quarter 2012 survey results from 11 participating geographies.

Australia: The glass half full?

Austria: Rejoiced too soon?

Belgium: Corporations turn defensive

India: Balancing act

Ireland: Growing uneasy

Middle East: Regional tensions rife

Netherlands: Raring to go….or not?

North America: Playing defense again

Spain: New delays on recovery

Switzerland: Uncertainty dominates

United Kingdom: Confidence triple dips