Optimism for the nation’s economic outlook among U.S. business leaders continued to rise from first quarter 2014, according to a new survey by Grant Thornton.

The findings come from the Grant Thornton International Business Report, which surveyed more than 3,300 business leaders in 45 countries. In the second quarter of 2014, optimism among U.S. business leaders rose eight percentage points to a net balance of 74 percent, marking the highest level since 2004.

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