For the second consecutive year, KPMG’s Pulse of Economy survey reached out to 731 heads of business across a number of countries in Central & Eastern Europe (CEE). Including Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia in this year’s edition, we have expanded the number of countries surveyed to nine, enabling us to elaborate on current trends in these markets.
The macroeconomic conditions in the nine countries included here are considered satisfactory, as on average 51% of the respondents in the region believe that the economic situation will improve somewhat or even significantly, while 34% do not see any particular changes and only 15% expect worse times ahead. Business leaders in the Czech Republic are in the most upbeat mood (66% say the economic situation will improve), followed by Croatia and Romania (both 63%). About half of respondents in Poland (54%) and Estonia (51%) expect that the economic situation will remain the same and the share of respondents who believe that the situation will worsen is the highest in Bosnia and Herzegovina (32%).
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