Vt CEOs see mixed economic future: sales up, jobs flat

first_imgRoundtable Releases Fourth Quarter, 2004 CEO Economic Outlook SurveyResults So. Burlington, VT – Results from the Vermont BusinessRoundtable’s (Roundtable) Fourth Quarter, 2004 CEO Economic OutlookSurvey, show that over three quarters of responding CEOs are expectingincreases in company sales in the coming six months, which is a sixpercent increase over the last quarter. Projections for capital spendingare down by a similar percentage and employment levels are flat whencompared to the previous quarter. George Chandler, President & CEO of Hubbardton Forge inCastleton and Jim Crook, CEO of IDX Systems Corporation in Burlington aremembers of the Roundtable. When asked to comment on his CEO EconomicOutlook Survey responses, George Chandler stated that, “There appears tobe steady, though modest growth in the design and home furnishingsmarkets; however the number of domestic players are shrinking. Todaycustomer expectations can be met by any number of less expensive off-shorecompetitors. Continuous investment in people, innovation and capitalimprovements is our only edge if we want to continue to build, much lessmaintain our current market share. Jim Crook said that he is alsoprojecting increases in company sales, capital spending and employment forIDX over the next quarter because, “the need for health care informationtechnology is critical to solving the worldwide mandate of improvedpatient care and lowering the costs of care.” The survey, modeled after the National Business Roundtable’s CEOEconomic Outlook Survey, was conducted in early October and enjoyed a 62%response rate. The key findings which reflect the membership’s outlookfor the next six months, include the following details:* 77% of responding CEOs expect an increase in consumer sales, 22% see nochange, and 1% anticipate a decrease. [Third Quarter results: Increase71%, No change 25%, Decrease 4%]* 45% expect capital spending to increase in the next six months, 46% seeno change, and 9% anticipate a decrease. [Third Quarter results: Increase51%, No change 42%, Decrease 7%]* 58% expect employment to increase in the next six months, 39% see nochange, and 3% anticipate a decrease. [Third Quarter results: Increase59%, No change 37%, Decrease 3%]Created in 1987 as a nonprofit, public interest organization, the VermontBusiness Roundtable iscomprised of 120 CEOs of Vermont’s top private and nonprofit employersdedicated to making Vermont the best place in America to do business, beeducated, and live life. Member businesses employ over 47,000 employees invirtually every county across Vermont.-###-last_img read more

Wake up! These three things are keeping you tired

first_imgThere are days when I’m filled with energy, ready to take on the day. And then there are some days where no matter what, I’m sleepy. Are you habitually sluggish and in need of an energy boost? Consider these three things you may be doing that are keeping you tired and whether certain simple changes can perk you up.Not eating enoughSwimsuit season is around the corner and many of us feel the need to drop some weight. Remember that your body needs certain nutrients throughout the day to stay healthy and alert. Just because you’re trying to lose weight, doesn’t mean you should cut out things your body needs to be effective. Instead, look into certain simple diets to help you shed the pounds, while still allowing you to enjoy eating.Strange sleep scheduleIt can be difficult to go to sleep at the exact same time every day. Sometimes you want to stay up and binge on Netflix. Other times your children can’t stay asleep so your nighttime routine is out of whack. The key to feeling rested the next day is doing the best you can to limit inconsistent bedtimes. It’s not always easy but the more structure you have, the more appreciative your body will be.Avoiding exerciseWhen you’re sleepy and want to relax, the last thing you’ll feel motivated to do is exercise. If you can muster the strength and get moving, trust me, you’ll be glad you did. I’m one who doesn’t care to exercise, but when I do, I feel a great deal better. Working out may be hard to initiate but the health benefits are undisputed. So whether it’s heading to the gym, the outdoor track, or simply a nice walk through the neighborhood, take time out of your day to stay active. Making this a part of your regular routine is a sure-fire way to feel less tired in the days to come.Save 55SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with CUInsight.com. Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more