Manufacturing Barometer™

October 2014
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Manufacturing Barometer™

At a glance

US manufacturers project solid revenue growth in the coming year, but the international outlook dims.

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Manufacturing Barometer: Business outlook report, October 2014

Highlights from this quarter’s report:

  • US industrial manufacturers are forecasting solid revenue growth in the year ahead.
  • The international outlook dims: global sentiment is at its lowest in eight quarters.
  • Concerns regarding legislative/regulatory and taxation pressures are on the rise.
  • The top potential trigger of increased investment and growth over the next few years is lower costs of raw materials, followed by new products or service innovations.

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.