Vermont CEOs forecast improvements for first six months of 2011

first_img3. How do you expect your company’s employment to change in the next six months? 1. How do you expect your company’s sales to change in the next six months? EmploymentINCREASENO CHANGEDECREASEQ1 200457%38%4%Q2 200450%48%2%Q3 200459%37%4%Q4 200458%39%3%Q1 200555%38%7%Q2 200549%42%9%Q3 200549%44%7%Q4 200560%35%5%Q1 200654%39%7%Q2 200650%45%5%Q3 200643%49%7%Q4 200653%41%5%Q3 200840%42%18%Q4 200825%35%40%Q1 200923%37%40%Q2 200921%50%29%Q3 200934%46%20%Q1 201040%52%8%Q2 201046%45%9%Q3 2010355213Q4 2010511138% Change from Q3/10 to Q4/1016%-41%25%Totals may not equal 100 due to rounding. The Roundtable is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization of 120 CEOs of Vermont’s top private and nonprofit employers, representing geographic diversity and all major sectors of the Vermont economy, with an aggregate economic impact of $135 billion and employing 15 percent of the state’s workforce. The Roundtable is committed to sustaining a sound economy and preserving Vermont’s unique quality of life by studying and making recommendations on statewide public policy issues.. 2. How do you expect your company’s capital spending to change in the next six months? CapitalINCREASENO CHANGEDECREASEQ1 200462%30%8%Q2 200443%41%15%Q3 200451%42%7%Q4 200445%46%9%Q1 200555%37%8%Q2 200549%43%8%Q3 200557%38%5%Q4 200550%35%15%Q1 200645%45%10%Q2 200653%40%7%Q3 200640%50%10%Q4 200656%39%5%Q3 200838%42%20%Q4 200817 %43%40%Q1 200912%38%50%Q2 200917%51%32%Q3 200931%46%23%Q1 201050%42%8%Q2 201051%38%11%Q3 2010374815Q4 2010491734% Change from Q3/10 to Q4/1012%-31%19%Totals may not equal 100 due to rounding.center_img -###- The chief executives of Vermont’s leading businesses appear increasingly poised for improvement in all three of the survey’s metrics: sales prospects, capital expenditures and employment levels for the winter and spring months of 2011, when compared against the previous survey period. The mood was assessed near the end of calendar year 2010 and released today by Vermont Business Roundtable Chair Bill Stritzler and President Lisa Ventriss.According to Roundtable President, Lisa Ventriss, ‘Overall, these data present an important upswing in economic outlooks among the state’s leading CEOs and we’d have to go back to our pre-recessionary surveys of 2006 to find similar percentages for growth expectations. Specifically, our members’ strong sales forecasts (71 percent of respondents expect an increase compared to 59 percent in the previous survey); capital expenditures (49 percent compared to 37 percent, previously) and employment (51 percent compared to 35 percent, previously) tell a positive story,’ Ventriss said.Chair Stritzler, the Managing Director of the Jeffersonville-based Smugglers’ Notch Resort, says the results of the CEO survey reflect encouraging attitudes across all sectors of the marketplace. ‘These data tell us that business leaders are prepared to again invest not only in physical infrastructure but, more importantly, in their workforces. This is very good news for Vermont and Vermonters. But at the same time, we must remember that these changes are fragile; there are still areas of concern in the numbers.’‘In sum, we are encouraged by these results and believe that the economy continues to strengthen.’ said Stritzler.The Roundtable’s CEO Economic Outlook Survey provides a forward-looking view of the economic assumptions and attitudes of chief executive officers for 120 of the state’s top employers that have an aggregate economic impact of $135 billion and employ 15 percent of the state’s workforce. Vermont’s agriculture, construction, education, health services, finance, real estate, insurance, hospitality/leisure, manufacturing, information, utilities, professional/business services, wholesale trade, and non-profit industries are represented. The response rate for this quarter was 65 percent. Historically, rates have varied from 35 to 73 percent.   SalesINCREASENO CHANGEDECREASEQ1 200483%13%4%Q2 200480%15%4%Q3 200471%25%4%Q4 200477%22%1%Q1 200578%19%3%Q2 200575%23%2%Q3 200574%24%2%Q4 200572%24%4%Q1 200678%20%2%Q2 200678%22%0%Q3 200669%25%6%Q4 200673%23%4%Q3 200851%35%14%Q4 200827%46%27%Q1 200933%30%37%Q2 200941%31%28%Q3 200934%49%17%Q1 201063%19%18%Q2 201069%24%7%Q3 201059356Q4 201071623% change from Q3/10 to Q4/1012%-29%17%Totals may not equal 100 due to rounding. Source: Vermont Business Roundtable. 1.4.2011last_img read more

Martin Keown and Rio Ferdinand criticise Arsenal record signing Nicolas Pepe after Chelsea draw

first_imgMartin Keown and Rio Ferdinand criticise Arsenal record signing Nicolas Pepe after Chelsea draw Gunners record signing Pepe in action against Chelsea (Picture: Getty)Blues captain Cesar Azpilicueta restored Chelsea’s lead with six minutes remaining but Arsenal earned a point through skipper Hector Bellerin, who was making his first appearance in over a month.AdvertisementAdvertisementKeown and Ferdinand heaped praise on Martinelli after the eventful draw and said there was a clear contrast between the teenager and £72million signing Pepe.Discussing Martinelli’s performance, Arsenal hero Keown told BT Sport: ‘He’s a shining light. He’s been outstanding. The composure is brilliant.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘He’s happy to do the work. So many players don’t want to run. I know it’s not a night for contrasts but Nicolas Pepe is on the other side not quite working in the same way.‘I think that [Pepe] is a work in progress and can be much better. If we were to compare the distances they’ve compared and high intensity runs…‘Martinelli is willing to get back and help out.’ Advertisement Martin Keown criticised Nicolas Pepe after Arsenal’s draw with Chelsea (Picture: BT Sport)Martin Keown and Rio Ferdinand criticised the work rate of Arsenal record signing Nicolas Pepe after the Gunners’ impressive draw against London rivals Chelsea.Arsenal overcame David Luiz’s red card against his former club to twice come from behind against Frank Lampard’s side in a dramatic derby on Tuesday evening.The Gunners were fearing the worst when Jorginho slotted home from the penalty spot after Luiz was shown a straight red card for a challenge on Tammy Abraham.But Brazilian striker Gabriel Martinelli took advantage of N’Golo Kante’s slip to race through on goal and equalise for Arsenal after half-time.ADVERTISEMENT Gabriel Martinelli has been hailed for his performance against Chelsea (Picture: Getty)On the contrast between Martinelli and Pepe, Ferdinand said: ‘Night and day…’The Manchester United legend added: ‘To run that far and to have the composure to finish [for his goal] is brilliant.‘He’s a centre-forward at heart. There’s too many players who sulk after being moved into a different position.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘The appetite and willingness was great. He’s showing the desire.’Former Premier League star Joe Cole also hailed Martinelli, saying: ‘This lad is a very, very good player. He’s the future of Arsenal.’Following Tuesday’s 1-1 draw in west London, Arsenal remain tenth in the Premier League – ten points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea.MORE: Martin Keown sends transfer message to Mikel Arteta after Shkodran Mustafi howlerMORE: Joe Cole reveals how Frank Lampard will react to Arsenal drawcenter_img Comment Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 21 Jan 2020 11:04 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

Arsenal-linked Bayern Munich star will decide on future in summer, says agent

first_img Mehdi Benatia in action for Bayern Munich 1 Mehdi Benatia will decide his future at the end of the season, his agent says.The centre-back is currently plying his trade for Bayern Munich, but the German champions’ pursuit of Mats Hummels has sparked rumours he may leave.?Juventus are keeping tabs on Benatia, while Arsenal were chasing the Moroccan during the summer of 2014.However, the 29-year-old’s agent, Moussa Sissoko, says his client’s future will not be decided until the end of the season.“There’s nothing with Juventus,” Sissoko told Il Messaggero.“At the end of the season we’ll have a meeting with Bayern and assess what the club and Medhi want to do.”last_img read more