33% of companies plan to add workers in Q2 2005

In a survey of roughly 1,600 business owners and executives, more than 67% said they anticipate sales to improve between now and July. Rising costs for healthcare, energy and raw materials, however, pared down the number of respondents expecting profits to increase to 59%. To handle the expected growth in sales, 33% of respondents plan to add workers, according to PNC Financial Services.