Manufacturing Barometer™

April 2016

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Manufacturers are adjusting to a slower growth environment.

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Manufacturing Barometer: Business outlook report, April 2016

Highlights from this quarter’s report:

  • The US economy remains a bright spot. A majority believes the US economy was growing in the first quarter, which is likely a major reason why 72 percent of survey respondents forecast revenue growth in the year ahead.
  • Company forecasts point to slower growth ahead. Industrial manufacturers see reduced growth, with survey respondents forecasting average revenue growth of 3.7 percent over the next 12 months.
  • Cost management is center stage. An environment of weaker revenues is clearly settling in – and that means management teams will continue to focus on reducing costs.
  • Good signs in a challenging climate. Manufacturers are investing wisely while conserving liquidity.

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. 

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