Manufacturing Barometer™

January 2015
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Manufacturing Barometer™

At a glance

Business outlook improved notably among US industrial manufacturers during the fourth quarter of 2014.

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Manufacturing Barometer: Business outlook report, January 2015

Highlights from this quarter’s report:

  • Economic sentiment is up among US industrial manufacturers across a range of key indicators.
  • Aiming to fill the skill gap, the majority of respondents plan to hire new workers.
  • Concerns regarding legislative/regulatory pressures dropped.

PwC's Manufacturing Barometer is a quarterly survey of US-based executives in large, multinational industrial manufacturing businesses. The survey captures participants' assessments of the direction of the US and world economies and their company's performance and expectations in such areas as revenue growth, margins, inventory, and costs. Other sections explore plans for investment, mergers and acquisitions, and hiring, as well as potential barriers to growth and much more.