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2014-05-01

Young Presidents' Organization, Inc.: EU CEO confidence stays at record high as economic prospects pick up

LONDON - 1stMay 2014
- Confidence levels amongst CEOs in the European Union remained at a record
high during the first quarter of 2014, according to aYPOsurvey of CEOs. Over
the past six months, on the back of encouraging GDP growth forecasts and
abating inflation, European CEOs have become more confident about economic
and business prospects in the region than at any time in the five-year
history of the survey. The YPO Global Pulse Confidence Index for the EU
landed at 62.2 in April, unchanged from the January reading.

For a period of three years following the 2009 recession, business leaders in
the European Union were consistently the most pessimistic in the world about
short-to-medium-term economic conditions. In 2013, however, business
confidence began to recover and now optimism in the EU is on a par with other
regions around the world; the YPO Global Pulse global composite index is a
mere 0.3 above the EU reading.

http://www.ypo.org/2014/05/chief-executives-still-upbeat-about-2014/eu

"This second consecutive strong reading in the results suggests that
confidence in the region is on a sound footing and that business leaders
across the EU, very importantly both in the core and the periphery, are
shifting from a recessionary mindset to one of cautious optimism, as the
recovery is still anaemic," said Anastasios Economou, managing director of
iGroup and an executive member ofYPO's Greater Europe Chapter.

Globally, low interest rates and continued recovery in developed markets in
the first quarter of 2014 sustained CEO optimism. The YPO Global Pulse
Confidence Index inched down half a point to 62.5. Confidence downturns in
pockets of the emerging world contributed to the slight decline.

Key findings in the EU
Confidence bounces back in countries threatened by sovereign debt crisis:

One of the most notable findings in the April survey was the rebound in
confidence among the eurozone periphery economies hit by the 2009-2012
sovereign debt crisis. Confidence in both the core and periphery economies
climbed during the first quarter but changed rank as the periphery (62.7)
turned rosier than the core economies (59.8) within a context of falling
sovereign debt yields in southern Europe.

The United Kingdom's confidence index, on the other hand, saw a 3.0-point
drop, down from its record high in the fourth quarter of 2013 to a
still-lofty 68.1.

Sales, employment and fixed investment forecasts hold steady:

The latest findings showed little movement on the previous quarter when it
came to predictions relating to sales, hiring and fixed investment. A
majority (60%) of CEOs surveyed expected to increase sales over the next
year, an encouraging indicator for continued expansion. However, only a third
(33%) expected to increase headcount within their organisations, suggesting
that unemployment will continue to be one of the most pressing challenges
facing EU governments over the coming year.

Conditions set to improve further:

CEOs in the EU predicted that the recovery would continue to gather steam over
the next six months. Most survey participants (60%) anticipated further
improvements in economic and business conditions over the next two quarters.

YPO Global Pulse Confidence Index
The quarterly electronic survey, conducted in the first two weeks of April,
gathered answers from 1,996 chief executive officers across the globe,
including 194 in the European Union. Visitwww.ypo.org/globalpulsefor more
information about the survey methodology and results from around the world.

About YPO
YPO (Young Presidents' Organization) is a not-for-profit, global network of
young chief executives connected around the shared mission of becoming Better
Leaders Through Education and Idea ExchangeTM. Founded in 1950, YPO today
provides 20,000 peers and their families in more than 120 countries with
access to unique experiences, world-class resources, alliances with top
learning institutions, and specialised networks that help them enhance their
business, community and personal leadership. Altogether, YPO member-run
companies employ more than 15 million people around the world and generate
US$6 trillion in annual revenues. For more information, visitwww.ypo.org.
Also see us onFacebookand follow us onTwitter.

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YPO (Young Presidents' Organization)
Michèle Foster
+33.9.7044.0704 (Europe)
press@ypowpo.org

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Source: Young Presidents’ Organization, Inc. via Globenewswire

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