For the first time in two years, optimism levels are rising among the world's global executives, according to the annual Decision Dynamics survey by the Financial Times and Doremus.

Across four key metrics—global economic conditions, local economic conditions, industry economic conditions, and corporate outlook—more senior-level executives project improvements over the next six months vs. the same period a year earlier:

  • 41% expect global economic conditions to improve over the next six months, up from the 25% who did so a year earlier.
  • 52% expect improvements in their own businesses over the next six months, up from the 39% who did so in 2011.

Among global executives, levels of optimism about local economies and industry have also risen over the past year.

Below, additional findings from the Doremus/Financial Times annual survey of 400 senior-level executives worldwide.

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Lenna Garibian is a MarketingProfs research writer and a marketing consultant in the tech industry, where she develops engaging content that builds thought leadership and revenue opportunities for clients. She's held marketing and research positions at eRPortal Software, GAP Inc., Stanford University, and the IMF. Reach Lenna via Twitter @LennaAnahid and LinkedIn.