NEW YORK -- Half of U.S. CPG executives are optimistic about the U.S. economy over the next 12 months, down from 72% last quarter. That's according to the Retail & Consumer Industry Practice's Consumer Products Barometer released here yesterday by PricewaterhouseCoopers. Sixty-seven percent are optimistic about the global economy, it reports. Nearly half (48%) are planning major new investments of capital within the next year. Of those companies increasing their investment dollars, most ...
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