Fully 63% of business leaders appear to support the European Monetary Union and suggest it would benefit their companies, according to the United Parcel Service Europe Business Monitor.
The report is based on an annual survey of nearly 1,500 executives of Europe's top companies.
Even the United Kingdom, which still shows the weakest support for the euro, has increased its endorsement on this measure to 48% vs. 43% in 1996, the survey said.
Compared with 1996, support for membership in the EMU has risen significantly in the past 12 months in Italy and Spain. However, with the exception of Greece, the United Kingdom now is considered least likely to join.
Germany and France again are considered definitely likely to join the EMU in January, while the Netherlands and Belgium also are seen as strong candidates, the survey showed.
The survey was conducted for UPS by Harris Research.