Area CEOs Are Optimistic

February 2, 2012 Updated Feb 2, 2012 at 9:11 AM EDT

By WKBW News

February 2, 2012 Updated Feb 2, 2012 at 9:11 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY ( Business First ) A new survey shows that private businesses in Buffalo are more optimistic than in Rochester, Syracuse and Albany. First Niagara Financial Group is out with its fifth annual Survey of Upstate New York Business Leaders. Hundreds of CEOs and managers responded. Industries include service, manufacturing, engineering, construction, retail, wholesale and distribution, financial and food and beverage.

Here are some of the findings:

• Thirty-three percent of Buffalo Niagara business leaders expect business conditions in New York state to improve in 2012, while 40 percent expect the status quo.

• Forty-seven percent anticipate higher revenues for 2012, while 27 percent expect to hire more workers.

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