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Trendsetter BarometerTM

Each quarter, PwC's "Trendsetter Barometer" interviews Chief Executives of America's leading private companies.
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Trendsetter Report

Trendsetter Barometer Business Outlook
Summer 2014

Current Findings

Private-Company Leaders’ Bright Economic Outlook Spurs Stronger Capital Investment, Latest PwC Survey Finds -- 08/05/2014

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.

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At a glance: Private companies cruise into summer upbeat, despite a mix of sun and clouds

Revenue forecasts for private companies outstrip GDP projections for the US and world economies

Fast-growth companies cross borders, with businesses in emerging markets reaping the biggest rewards

Private companies that sell in emerging markets expect to derive nearly one-third of their revenue from international sales

Growth continues, but less erratically, signaling a maturing recovery

Revenue forecasts for private companies outstrip GDP projections for the US and world economies

Talent shortages and rising wage pressure keep private-company headcount goals highly targeted

Private companies that sell in emerging markets expect to derive nearly one-third of their revenue from international sales

Private-company optimism streak holds steady despite ups and downs of US GDP

Private-company optimism about the US economy is at a three-year high

 

Recent Trendsetter Barometer News Releases

Private-Company Leaders’ Bright Economic Outlook Spurs Stronger Capital Investment, Latest PwC Survey Finds -- 04/29/2014

Optimism about US Economy Driving Private-Company Expansion Plans, According to Latest PwC Survey -- 04/29/2014

Private-Company CEOs More Optimistic Heading into 2014 -- 02/04/2014

PwC Survey Finds US Private Companies Raise Revenue Forecasts -- 11/05/2013

Private Companies Signal Rising Confidence in US Economy, PwC Survey Finds -- 07/23/2013

PwC Survey: Majority of Private Companies Already in Compliance with Next Wave of Healthcare Reform Requirements -- 07/11/2013

PwC US Survey Finds Uptick in Economic Optimism and Hiring Plans Among US Private-Company Executives -- 04/23/2013

Vast Majority of Private Companies Reinvesting Savings from Cost Containment Measures into Growth Plans, According to PwC Survey -- 03/28/2013

PwC Survey Finds Private Companies Are Embracing Bold Innovation to Meet Growth Objectives; Talent and Technology Play Key Roles -- 02/21/2013

PwC US Survey Finds US-Based International Private Companies More Aggressive About Growth and Spending; Companies Overall Plan Increased Hiring -- 01/22/2013

PwC Survey Finds US Private Companies Increase Revenue Forecasts, Amid Overall Tempered Optimism -- 11/16/2012

PwC survey finds that private companies see business benefits in formal corporate governance -- 10/03/2012

Private-Company Optimism and Revenue Forecasts Dip as Economic Uncertainty Persists -- 08/14/2012

Growth-focused private companies embrace digital tools for customer engagement and research -- 07/11/2012

Optimism about US economy bounces back for private companies. Solid revenue growth expected by nearly all -- 05/15/2012

After a year of black swans, growth-focused private companies rethink risk resilience -- 3/13/2012

Most private companies expect positive growth, majority plan upswing in hiring -- 2/7/2012

US Private Companies Prioritizing Innovation as Growth Engine -- 12/15/2011

Private company economic optimism drops, but 12-month revenue outlook is fundamentally strong -- 11/10/2011

US Private Companies Pursue Growth Abroad; Emerging Markets Offer Brightest Prospects -- 09/13/2011

Private company optimism about the economy drops, yet spending plans strengthen -- 08/11/2011

US private companies increase IT budgets, with focus on growth and efficiencies -- 07/07/2011

Private companies see strong US economy, less certain about world economy - 05/31/2011

Majority of US private companies have identified workforce skill gaps; more than three-quarters plan to hire over next two years - 03/09/2011

Private companies' confidence in US Economy returns to pre-recession levels - 02/22/2011

Confidence in US economy declines among private company CEOs overall, but international companies prove more optimistic - 12/09/2010

Two-thirds of US private companies have had good access to capital, though some lacked sufficient resources to fund major initiatives over past two years - 12/09/2010

Nearly half of private company CEOs believe healthcare reform may have a notable financial impact on their business - 10/13/2010

Optimism among private company CEOs dips slightly in the face of regulatory, political, and economic uncertainty - 09/01/2010

Nearly half of private company CEOs feel pressure to take on more risk, many believe risks their companies face will increase - 06/29/2010


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