Busi­ness con­fi­dence up

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

BUSI­NESS con­fi­dence in the re­gion is up, ac­cord­ing to a sur­vey by Whit­sun­days Mar­ket­ing and De­vel­op­ment Ltd (WMDL).

WMDL’s chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Da­nial Rochford said the re­sults from the lat­est bi-an­nual sur­vey, com­pleted by about 150 peo­ple across the re­gion, had clearly shown that the Whit­sun­day busi­ness com­mu­nity was op­ti­mistic about the fu­ture.

He said sur­vey re­spon­dents were asked two key ques­tions about how con­fi­dent they were at the mo­ment and how con­fi­dent they felt about the next 12 months.

Com­pared to April 2013, the sur­vey re­sults showed an in­crease in pos­i­tive busi­ness sen­ti­ment of nearly 30 per cent. Mean­while neg­a­tive sen­ti­ment was down by 25 per cent.

The out­look was equally pos­i­tive. Look­ing for­ward over the next 12 months, pos­i­tive busi­ness sen­ti­ment in­creased by 21.5 per cent, with neg­a­tive busi­ness sen­ti­ment sit­ting at only 4.9 per cent.

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