2013 American Express/CFO Research Global Business and Spending Monitor: Zeroing in on Value Delivery

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As emerging markets buoyed growth prospects around the world in 2013, companies deepened their focus on extracting and delivering greater value. Findings from the sixth annual Global Business and Spending Monitor, suggested that senior finance executives anticipated many opportunities for business expansion over the course of 2013 – especially for companies that were focused, selective, and value-oriented in their strategic business decisions. In 2013, finance executives said that, increasingly, competitive advantages were a product of specialization. Focusing on specific regions, markets, and customers could offer the greatest value based on each company’s unique mix of competencies. 

The 2013 Global Business and Spending Monitor yielded the following key findings:

  • Following a slight decline in 2012, global economic expectations were once again on the rise in 2013.
  • Along with the uptick in economic expectations, finance executives around the world predicted an uptick in spending and investment in 2013.
  • While many respondents surveyed were focused on emerging market sales, mature economies – such as U.S. and Canada – planned on increasing their domestic sales in 2013.