A majority of companies in the Standard & PoorÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 500 stock index increased cash to a combined $1.19 trillion while simultaneously reducing spending, keeping a jobs recovery on hold.
Caterpillar Inc., Eaton Corp., Walgreen Co. and General Electric Co. are among 260 companies that ended last quarter with $522 billion more than a year earlier after cutting capital spending by 42 percent. Economists say the dearth of investment is keeping the jobless rate at about 10 percent as the U.S. emerges from its worst recession since the 1930s.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not clear we are going to see the type of growth following this recession that weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve seen in previous recessions,Ã¢â‚¬Â Sandy Cutler, EatonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s chief executive officer, said in an interview yesterday. That view Ã¢â‚¬Å“is leading people to be cautious as to their rate of reinvestment, and right in parallel with that, in terms of hiring additional employees.Ã¢â‚¬Â
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