Deloitte CFO Survey: 2017 Q3
The quarterly CFO Survey is firmly established with media and policy makers as the authoritative barometer of UK corporates’ sentiment and strategies. It is the only survey of major corporate users of capital that gauges attitudes to valuations, risk and financing.
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Business optimism over past 10 years: Net % of CFOs who are more optimistic about the financial prospects of their company than three months ago
Uncertainty over past 10 years: % CFO who rate the level of external financial and economic uncertainty facing their business as high or very high.
“Optimism among CFOs has rebounded after a slump following the snap general election and perceptions of uncertainty are almost half the level seen immediately after the referendum.
“It is testament to the changeable business environment that, this far into the UK recovery, CFOs remain on a cautious footing with inflation squeezing corporate margins and measures like cost control still topping their list of priorities.”
Ian Stewart, chief economist at Deloitte
“Concerns over Brexit look to have eased in this latest survey with just under two-thirds of CFOs expecting an adverse effect on the business environment, down from nearly three-quarters in Q2.
“However, Brexit remains the top risk facing business. Almost a third of CFOs expect it to reduce their investment plans over the next three years and a further third expect it to hit hiring. However, on both measures the level of concern has eased.”
David Sproul, senior partner and chief executive at Deloitte
The Deloitte CFO Survey: 2017 Q2
Post election dip in business confidence
The Deloitte CFO Survey: 2017 Q1
Brexit shock eases
The Deloitte CFO Survey: 2016 Q4
Greater optimism yet to ignite risk appetite
The Deloitte CFO Survey: 2016 Q3
Brexit looms large
The Deloitte CFO Survey: 2016 Q2
Brexit blow to business confidence
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