Economic angst has CEOs on edge

The purchasing power of Walmart shoppers is on the rise as gas prices come down and the improved spending outlook has the company’s share price setting new highs. What’s there to worry about?

Plenty, according to a survey of top executives conducted by the Business Roundtable, an organization that represents companies who combined employ more than 14 million people and generate $6 trillion in annual sales. Member companies include the likes of Walmart, General Electric, AT&T, ExxonMobil and American Express.

The group regularly surveys its members to gauge their outlook on the economy and in the latest go round there was plenty of skepticism about where things are headed.

Click here to read recap by MarketWatch of the survey results or click here to read an actual transcript of a media briefing chaired by Boeing CEO Jim McNerney.


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