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Company Priorities & Expectations - CFO SignalsTM: 2013 Q1


Company priorities

Business focus

Most companies are focused more on pursuing opportunity than on limiting risk, and much more on growing and scaling than on contracting and rationalizing. 

Relative focus on strategies and tactics

Board focus

Boards appear predominantly focused on income statement metrics and risks to operational performance.

Company expectations

Sales and earnings

Sales growth expectations are positive and above 3Q12 survey lows, but they are still below the long-term average.

Earnings growth expectations continued to rebound off 3Q12 lows and are now just below their long-term averages.

Operating results

Expected change year-over-year 

Dividends and investment

Dividend growth expectations rebounded to near their long-term average.

Capital spending growth expectations rebounded substantially, but are still below their long-term average.


Expected change year-over-year 


Domestic hiring growth expectations are still modest, with a substantial proportion of companies expecting cuts.

Offshore hiring growth expectations rebounded from last quarter’s survey low; outsourcing is rebounding, but only modestly.

Employment: Expected change year-over-year 

Own-company optimism

CFO optimism rebounded strongly this quarter — but the dominant cause may be a cyclical bias toward optimism at the beginning of the year.

Net optimism and causes of rising/falling optimism 

Most worrisome risks

Governments’ potential detrimental impacts on a stagnating global economy are the top concern.

Download the CFO SignalsTM Q1 2013 Company Priorities & Expectations 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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