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CFO Outlook Positive, but Energy, Inflation Worries Grow

Finance executives at U.S. corporations remain optimistic about the next 12 months, as the large gains in the profits they expect balance out their concerns about energy cost rises and inflation. That's the conclusion of the quarterly "CFO Outlook Survey" by Baruch College's Zicklin School of Business and Financial Executives International, although the survey did detect a slight slippage in measurements of both optimism about U.S. economy, and optimism about their own companies, compared to last year's fourth quarter.