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Deloitte CFO Survey - First half-year 2018

Summer in Switzerland: a mini-boom, negative interest rates and skills shortages

Results of the Swiss and the European surveys

The outlook for Swiss companies is good: optimism among CFOs is at its highest since the CFO Survey was first conducted in autumn 2009. Expectations for both revenues and operating margins are positive, and most CFOs also expect investment to increase, although they are a little less optimistic about growth in employee numbers.


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European CFO Survey results

  • The findings of the CFO Survey in 19 other European countries also paint a positive picture: European economic recovery continues in 2018. While CFOs are slightly less optimistic than in autumn 2017 about the outlook for their companies, they remain positive.
  • Across Europe, expectations for revenues and operating margins continue to improve, and expectations for investment and employee numbers are also positive.
  • The European averages conceal some marked differences between individual countries. France emerges as one of the most optimistic countries on most indicators and the United Kingdom as one of the most pessimistic.

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European CFO Survey - Spring 2018

Swiss & European CFO summary

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Download the PDF to access all the historical data series from the Deloitte CFO Survey since Q3 2009. Please feel free to use any of the data series in your documents or presentations.

About the CFO Survey

The survey comprises 20 questions which recur each quarter and around 10 questions unique to the financial conditions of the previous quarter. This allows us to provide you with both specific feedback on the market conditions relevant to the previous quarter, as well as ongoing trend analysis regarding how financial conditions are evolving and how your peers are reacting to them. 

The CFO Survey brings the views of CFOs to a wide audience in the media and among policy makers and is a valuable benchmark for Swiss business leaders.

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