Trendsetter Barometer™ Q1 2014 — Private companies' optimism fuels growth plans, including renewed interest in M&A

Trendsetter barometer: Business outlook

In the first quarter of this year, we spoke to 214 private-company leaders about what they envision for the next 12 months. Trendsetter CEOs told us their optimism about the US economy is at a three-year high, they expect to outperform GDP forecasts, and their expansion plans are picking up steam. Read our report to hear what else they're planning for the year ahead.

Survey highlights

Private Companies economic sentiments
Private-company optimism about the US economy is at a three-year high
Private Company growth expectations
Revenue forecasts for private companies outstrip GDP projections for the US and world economies
PCS Hiring Trends
Almost two-thirds of private companies plan to hire in 2014, but in moderation
Private Company international
Private companies that sell in emerging markets expect to derive nearly one-third of their revenue from international sales