According to the first quarter edition of PricewaterhouseCoopers’ “Manufacturing Barometer,” U.S. industrial manufacturers are cautiously optimistic about the economy.
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Some of the findings are:
- 16% of those polled are optimistic about the U.S. economy in the next 12 months. That’s up by 11 points from the previous quarter.
- 55% were pessimistic about the economy as compared to 70% last quarter.
- 60% reported a decline in international sales from the Q4 2008 and only 18% of those who took the survey are planning to expand abroad over the next year.
- Only 24% are planning any new investments over the next 12 months, down from 52% reported last year.
- 53% are increasing operational spending to stabilize their current business and 29% plan to focus on new product introductions.
Source: BtoB Special Vertical Insight issue.