Other findings from the survey include:
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- For 2013, managers expect unemployment to be lower than in the recent past in the U.K. (7.7% vs. 8.5% in 2012) and the U.S. (7.5% vs. 8.5%), but higher in the Eurozone (11.5% vs. 10.6%).
- The managers’ consensus is that crude oil is expected to rise at a fair pace, reaching $90 a barrel this year (they predicted $100 for 2012) and $100 a barrel in the next 10 years — significantly down from last year’s 10-year prediction of $120.
- Managers expect major currencies to maintain roughly stable values despite the uncertain economic environment.
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