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Trendsetter BarometerTM

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

Trendsetter Report

Trendsetter Barometer Business Outlook
Fall 2014

Current Findings

Private-Company Confidence Rises, in Tandem with Greater Profitability and Risk Appetite, PwC Survey Finds -- 11/12/2014

Roughly two-thirds (63 percent) of private companies are optimistic about the U.S. economic outlook for the coming year, despite ongoing uncertainty about the world economy (expressed by 54 percent), finds PwC’s latest Trendsetter Barometer® quarterly survey, which tracks the business issues and best practices of America’s leading privately held companies. This optimism is translating into greater willingness to take on business risk in pursuit of growth (cited by 42% of respondents). Over one-third of these businesses also plan to invest in major new capital projects in the next 12 months.

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At a glance: Private companies mostly felt good in the quarter running up to the election

At a glance: Private companies mostly felt good in the quarter running up to the election

US outlook still rosy, but confidence in world economy waning

US outlook still rosy, but confidence in world economy waning

Private companies forecast strong revenue growth for the next year

Private companies forecast strong revenue growth for the next year

Employers stay choosy, keep wage increases flat, despite tightening labor market

Employers stay choosy, keep wage increases flat, despite tightening labor market

International companies are more growth-focused than their peers

International companies are more growth-focused than their peers

 

Recent Trendsetter Barometer News Releases

Private-Company Confidence Rises, in Tandem with Greater Profitability and Risk Appetite, PwC Survey Finds -- 11/12/2014

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

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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