ATLANTA—Optimism. That's the sentiment among corporatereal estate executives at large companies around the worldwhen it comes to hiring outlooks and expansion plans—and overalleconomic growth in the quarter ahead.

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So says a new survey from CoreNet Global.Measured over time, the CoreNet Global Corporate Real Estate Indexis based on a quarterly survey.

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Essentially, it's a statistical measure that reveals trends andconfidence levels within the corporate real estate(CRE) world. The index correlates to global economic events todemonstrate how CRE decisions and behaviors indicate largermacro-economic trends.

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In one survey question, CoreNet Global asked how CRE execs wouldrank its own company's prospects for growth and expansion.Seventy-five percent were either optimistic, very optimistic orextremely optimistic. One 1 percent was pessimistic.

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How likely are these companies to increase real estateportfolios over the next quarter as a result of adding employees?Forty-seven percent said that this was either likely, very likelyor extremely likely.

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When asked how they would rate their own confidence level in theglobal economic outlook over the next quarter, 50 percent wereeither “optimistic” or “very optimistic.” Finally, when consideringthe likelihood of needing additional capacity to handle projectedbusiness growth over the next quarter, 40 percent said that thiswas either likely, very likely or extremely likely.

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CoreNet Global will repeat the survey of senior level corporatereal estate execs at companies—including Fortune 500firms—quarterly, tapping into CRE executives' perspective on theoverall economy. The index will use survey results to create aneconomic benchmark.

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