Chief executive officers’ outlook on the business climate improved modestly in October, according to a poll of 400 CEOs by Chief Executive magazine. Still, many are seriously concerned about the restrictions of increasing regulations and, in particular, the consequences of New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer’s investigations on company profits and performance.

The magazine’s CEO Confidence Index rose 1.9 points in October to 162.3 after dropping 10 points in September. Chief Executive set this and complementary indexes at 100 when it launched them in October 2002.

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