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Slouching Toward Recovery

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CFOs see several positive economic signs, but employment isn't one of them. At last, some good news. For the first time in more than a year, finance chiefs expect double-digit growth in earnings and significant growth in capital spending over the next 12 months, according to this quarter's Duke University/CFO Magazine Global Business Outlook Survey. Finance executives also plan to loosen the reins on spending for technology, research-and-development, and marketing and advertising.