Business executives expect sales to decline in the next six months, and as a result foresee making fewer capital expenditures and employing fewer workers, according to a survey released yesterday.

"Improving consumer confidence and demand, both in the United States and abroad, is the key to jump-starting the economy," said Harold McGraw 3d, chairman of Business Roundtable, which released the survey. "Fortunately, both U.S. and foreign governments have recognized this need and taken significant steps to spark demand. And while recently implemented administration policies will take time to have an impact, they already have begun to restore confidence in our markets, which is a critical first step."

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