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Business Environment - CFO SignalsTM: 2013 Q1


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Top aids and impediments to growth

Top impediments to growth center primarily on public policy and the state of economies in North America and Europe.

The most positive factor in helping companies grow is the North American economy – despite weaker-than-desired performance.

External factors’ influence on company performance
Percent of CFOs naming each factor in their top three growth aids/impediments

Effects of government policy on business planning

Most policy decisions and debates are having at least some impact on companies’ plans, but only tax policy appears to be having a substantial impact.

External factors’ influence on business plans
Degree to which each factor is affecting cash, investment, and hiring plans 

How companies are addressing policy activity

Most companies have substantially ramped up their policy advocacy efforts, altered their strategies and operations, or become more conservative with their cash and investments.

Where government spending should be cut

Despite general agreement around the need to cut spending in the largest budgetary areas, there is considerable diversity of opinion about which areas should be cut.

Download the CFO SignalsTM Q1 2013 Business Environment findings above.

CFO SignalsTM: 2013 Q1

For further information on the other areas of this quarter's CFO SignalsTM survey, please visit the CFO SignalsTM: 2013 Q1 main page.

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