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Global Pulse Methodology


The only CEO economic sentiment indicator to span the globe on a quarterly basis.

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 – fourth quarter 2014

The quarterly electronic survey was conducted during the first two weeks of January 2015 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, 24% of participants were from the production sector, 10% from construction and 66% from the services sector. The respondents by area are indicated below.

Respondents by Area

2,790 148 269 182 61 396 97 292 123 1,196 26
Total Africa Asia Australasia Canada European Union Europe Non-EU Latin America MENA United States Not specified