Signs of sustainable recovery for the Swiss economy
Results of the 16th Deloitte CFO survey
Zurich, 21 July 2013
Swiss CFOs’ economic expectations remain optimistic. In the second quarter of 2013, 56% of the CFOs surveyed by Deloitte expect economic growth, 75% forecast higher sales, while 31% expect to see an increase in investments. These results and more are shown in the second CFO survey of the year 2013.
CFOs are feeling optimistic in the summer of 2013 – because the risks facing the Swiss economy are increasingly being replaced by positive signs. This includes a more stable Swiss franc-euro exchange rate, reduced expectations of inflation, together with more willingness to invest on the part of companies.
The result comes as no surprise to Michael Grampp, Deloitte’s Chief Economist in Switzerland. “Swiss CFOs’ confidence in the market is gradually being restored. Companies' increasing willingness to accept risk – and to invest more – are good signs for a sustainable recovery.” Around one third of the 120 CFOs of Swiss companies surveyed by Deloitte expect to see increasing corporate investments within the next year.
The general mood of optimism among CFOs is backed up by continued positive credit conditions. Both the cost and availability of credit are viewed as favourable. Only half of all respondents – 17% less than a year ago – believe that a fall in foreign demand still represents a risk for the Swiss economy.
However, the issue of security was still a factor. Increasing liquidity in their companies remains the priority for 81% of CFOs. The reasons for this are often defensive. Security, independence and flexibility are still important. However, they also want to be prepared for future investments and expansions.
Every quarter, Deloitte in Switzerland conducts a quarterly survey of Chief Financial Officers and Financial Managers of major Swiss companies. One hundred twenty CFOs took part in the sixteenth survey, conducted at the end of the second quarter of 2013. Approximately 30% of the CFOs surveyed represent listed companies, the remaining 70%are CFOs of private companies.
The Deloitte CFO survey is the only one of its kind in Switzerland and is conducted in another 19 countries by Deloitte DTTL . The complete results can be downloaded here.
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