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The Business Roundtable’s first quarter survey showed broad improvement across the board. Employment and sales were particularly strong with both figures hitting their highest levels in 8 years.  The latest overall reading of 113 (up from 101 in Q4 2010) is the highest since before the recession began.  Via Business Roundtable:

Washington–The CEOs of America’s leading companies anticipate higher sales and plan to increase capital expenditures and employment over the next six months, according to the results of Business Roundtable’s first quarter 2011 CEO Economic Outlook Survey.

“With today’s survey results, the last three quarters have shown steady improvement in the CEO economic outlook. Our CEOs see momentum in the economy over the next six months, with increased demand fueling greater investment and job creation,” said Ivan G. Seidenberg, Chairman of Business Roundtable and Chairman and CEO of Verizon Communications. “This shift continues a trend as reflected in recent employment data, with the private sector leading the way in creating more jobs.”

Source: Business Roundtable

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