The 2011/11/16 at 06:00
The return of the financial crisis this summer has had a heavy impact on the morale of leaders of SMEs-MSEs, now extremely pessimistic about the evolution of the French and global economy. In October, their confidence continued to fall, respectively by 20 % regarding the French economy goes and 22 % for the global economy. The decline, compared with prospects before summer, has been brutal: 29 points lost for confidence in the global economy and 37 points for the French economy. However, 42 % of SME/MSE leaders consider, in spite of everything, that they can achieve a better turnover this year than in 2010 (85 % believe making at least as much as in 2010). As far as employment goes, the quarterly prognostic has been revised downwards today. Only 13 % of company heads think that they will increase staff numbers in the next six month.
Queried about the French Socialist Party agenda six months off from France’s presidential elections, a great majority of SME-MSE bosses are fairly favourable about the creation of a public investment bank (a key measure of the Socialist Party) to support SMEs-SMIs in their innovative investments. 32 % of company heads apparently envisage relying on this measure to finance their investments. They also support the Socialist project for creating a modular company tax (lowering of taxes for companies that reinvest, and the contrary for those that privilege dividends). Almost three-quarters of company heads queried look favourably upon the creation of this tax for their own company (72 %), for all French companies (75 %) and for the French economy (72 %).