PwC's Trendsetter Barometer® Q3 2014 — Private companies report higher profitability and greater risk appetite as they head into year-end

Trendsetter barometer: Business outlook
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In the quarter running up to the midterm election, private companies remained intent — if not bullish — on growth, felt good about the US economy, and signaled greater risk appetite. And decidedly more of them reported profitability increases than we’ve seen in quite some time. Even so, wage hikes and hiring remain modest at Trendsetter companies, and the world economy is giving them pause. Read our survey report to hear what else is on private companies' minds.

Survey highlights

Private Companies at a glance
At a glance: Private companies mostly felt good in the quarter running up to the election
Private Companies economic sentiments
US outlook still rosy, but confidence in world economy waning
Private Company growth expectations
Private companies forecast strong revenue growth for the next year
PCS Hiring Trends
Employers stay choosy, keep wage increases flat, despite tightening labor market
Private Company international
International companies are more growth-focused than their peers