Manufacturing Barometer™

January 2016

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Manufacturers are bracing for a slower growth environment.

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Manufacturing Barometer: Business outlook report, January 2016

Highlights from this quarter’s report:

  • Optimism regarding the direction of the domestic economy over the next 12 months dropped.
  • As a result of the decreased economic sentiment, the projected average revenue growth rate over the next 12 months declined.
  • Monetary exchange rate has become the leading headwind over the next 12 months.
  • At the top of the list of challenges being planned for in 2016 is the condition of the world economy.

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.