Manufacturing Barometer™

October 2015

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Manufacturers turn cautious on global economic outlook during the third quarter of 2015.

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Manufacturing Barometer: Business outlook report, October 2015

Highlights from this quarter’s report:

  • Sentiment regarding the direction of the global economy took a sharp turn downward among US industrial manufacturers.
  • Global concerns also served to moderate optimism regarding the domestic outlook, while slowing plans to hire more workers.
  • Capital and operational spending forecasts among US companies remained healthy.

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.