Asian CFOs Holding Back on Investment Spending

Two-thirds of surveyed Asian CFO sindicate they are holding back on investment spending due to political risk in their countries, though capital spending should rise by an average of about 5.5 percent over Asia, according to the latest Duke University/CFO Global Business Outlook.

The report also revealed that Asian optimism averaged 65 out of 100 this quarter, ranging from 40 in Singapore, 48 in Japan and 55 in Malaysia to 65 in India and 70 in China.

Wages should rise by a modest-by-historic-standards 4 percent in Asia, with growth of less 3 percent in Japan versus 5 percent in India.

Full-time employment will be flat across Asia. Top concerns include economic uncertainty, government policies, difficulty attracting and retaining qualified employees, and productivity.

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