Trendsetter Barometer® Q4 2015 - Private companies see clouds on the economy's horizon but have sunny corporate forecasts

Private companies were markedly less optimistic about the economy in 4Q, but that didn’t translate into pessimistic forecasts or lower spending. In fact, more of them are planning M&A and capex activity, along with increased operational spending. And they’re still hiring, even if not in droves, as well as pursuing opportunities abroad. So, yes, private companies are somewhat spooked about the economy’s prospects, but are they skittish? Not at the moment.

Survey highlights

At a glance: Optimism dips, but planned spending
is nonetheless on the rise


Private companies cast a wary eye at the
economy, though most aren't outright pessimistic

Help wanted, but not tons of it

Revenue forecasts still strong for 2016


International companies are outspending peers