The CEOs of Vermont's largest companies are more optimistic about the economy than their counterparts around the country.
The latest survey by the Vermont Business Roundtable shows 62 percent of the state's largest companies expect to see an increase in sales in the next six months. And 43 percent expect an increase in capital spending and hiring.
Results from the nationwide Business Roundtable are not as hopeful, with 58 percent of companies expecting sales to increase. And fewer than one-third are looking to invest in capital improvements and larger workforces.
The Roundtable says the general outlook is slower overall growth nationally, but in Vermont the group says the numbers bode well for the economy heading into the holiday and winter recreation seasons.