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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.
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.