Manufacturing Barometer - July 2014

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07/23/2014 by Industrial products
Manufacturing Barometer - July 2014

At a glance

US manufacturers are planning to spend more on infrastructure in the coming year as competitive pressures grow. Additionally, M&A plans have increased.

Explore the data

Explore the data
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.

Second-quarter results

Highlights from the second quarter include:

  • Major capital spending plans are on the rise among US industrial manufacturers.
  • Companies are putting cash to work as competitive pressure grows.
  • M&A plans increase as companies look to cement leadership, add talent, and strengthen technologies.