Trendsetter Barometer® Q2 2014 — Private companies outperform the economy but plan to hire just a little

Trendsetter barometer: Business outlook

Cruising into summer, private companies told us they felt optimistic about the economy and their revenue prospects. Our survey shows that capital spending is up among these businesses, while their concern about headwinds is down. But it’s not all blue skies – headcount increases remain low as companies struggle to find workers with the right skills and contend with rising wage pressure. Read our report to hear what else is on private companies' minds.

Survey highlights

Private Companies economic sentiments
At a glance: Private companies cruise into summer upbeat, despite a mix of sun and clouds
Private Companies economic sentiments
Private-company optimism streak holds steady despite ups and downs of US GDP
Revenue forecasts stay strong as growth barriers loom less large
Revenue forecasts stay strong as growth barriers loom less large
PCS Hiring Trends
Talent shortages and rising wage pressure keep private-company headcount goals highly targeted
Private Company international
Fast-growth companies cross borders, with businesses in emerging markets reaping the biggest rewards