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Poland Positive About 2008
January 16, 2008 By Ewa Hancock   
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Polish businesspeople are considerably more optimistic than their counterparts in the United States and elsewhere in Europe about their prospects this year, a survey has found.

Consultants Grant Thornton International have surveyed owners and managers of medium-sized firms in 34 countries on their mood and expectations. "This report shows that the outlook prevailing in medium-sized companies hasn't deteriorated in the wake of the American crisis. Only three percent of respondents claim to be less optimistic than they were last year," says Grant Thornton Polska chairman Andrzej Kinast. "Our research reveals that, contrary to popular myth, Poles are not a bunch of malcontents. When it comes to optimism, Polish businesspeople are beating the rest of the EU and they're even giving the Asian tigers a run for their money," he added.

Seventy-eight percent of Polish businesspeople expect their firms to steam ahead this year compared with only 42 percent a year ago. Sixty-nine percent claimed the economic situation as their main cause for optimism as against 72 percent in the EU generally and 41 percent felt the political situation gave cause for hope compared with only 26 percent in the EU.

The telephone survey conducted in November polled 250 Polish businesspeople.
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