Survey Methodology

The Confidence Index combines surveyed CEO projections for sales, employee count, fixed investment and business conditions. The Index is centered on 50. An Index reading below 50 indicates a negative outlook – the lower the number, the more negative the outlook. A reading above 50 indicates a positive outlook – the higher the number, the more positive the outlook.

Survey Methodology – third quarter 2014
The quarterly electronic survey was conducted during the first two weeks of October 2014 among the active membership of YPO and its graduate group, WPO. Globally, 27% of participants were from large companies (more than 500 employees), 38% from medium-sized companies (100-500 employees), and 35% from small companies (less than 100 employees). By business sector, 25% of participants were from the production sector, 10% from construction and 65% from the services sector. The respondents by area are indicated below.

Total 2,431
Africa 152
Asia 276
Australasia 46
Canada 142
Europe EU 295
Europe Non-EU 58
Latin America 228
MENA 115
U.S. 1,096
Not specified 23

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