The Straits Times
Published on Dec 19, 2012

Business sentiment at Asia's top firms improves marginally


Business sentiment at Asia's top companies rose slightly in the fourth quarter, reversing two consecutive quarters of decline, according to the latest Thomson Reuters/INSEAD Asia Business Sentiment survey.

The poll, which was conducted between Dec 3-14, showed that of the 96 companies that responded, 33.33 per cent reported a positive outlook for the next six months.

This represents a small increase from the 32.99 per cent positive responses in the third quarter.

The number of negative responses declined from 9.28 per cent to 7.29 per cent while neutral responses rose to 59.38 per cent from 57.73 per cent.