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Economic Growth Continues In 2014; Manufacturing Growth Expected in 2014; Revenue to Increase 4.4%; Capital Expenditures to Increase 8.0%; Capacity Utilization Currently at 80.3%; Non-Manufacturing Growth Projected in 2014; Revenue to Increase 3.6%;
Date:12/10/2013

Rental & Leasing; Construction; Retail Trade; Professional, Scientific & Technical Services; Management of Companies & Support Services; Wholesale Trade; Public Administration; Utilities; Finance & Insurance; Other Services; and Accommodation & Food Services.Business — Second Half 2014 vs. First Half 2014ManufacturingNon-ManufacturingPredicted

Dec 2013

Predicted

Dec 2013Better

43%

45%Same

49%

46%Worse

8%

9%Diffusion Index

67.5%

68%Note: A diffusion index above 50 percent would generally indicate an expectation of the second half of the coming year being better than the first half.

SPECIAL QUESTION: MOST IMPORTANT PROBLEMS FACING BUSINESS IN 2014Manufacturing
In response to a special question regarding the single most important problem their businesses face in planning for 2014, manufacturing respondents indicated the following:

  • Domestic Sales Growth (32%)
  • International Sales Growth (18%)
  • Healthcare Reform Uncertainty (14.6%)
  • Ongoing Government Shutdown and Debt Ceiling Concerns (13.5%)
  • Government Regulations (9.6%)
  • Healthcare Costs (8.4%)
  • Inflation (3.4%)
  • Taxes (0.6%).
  • Non-Manufacturing
    In response to a special question regarding the single most important problem their businesses face in planning for 2014, non-manufacturing respondents indicated the following:

  • Domestic Sales Growth (31.8%)
  • Government Regulations (18.9%)
  • Healthcare Cost (14.9%)
  • Healthcare Reform Uncertainty (14.9%)
  • Ongoing Government Shutdown and Debt Ceiling Concerns (8.1%)
  • Inflation (6.1%)
  • International Sales Growth (4.1%)
  • Taxes (1.4%).
  • SPECIAL QUESTION: SUPPLY CHAIN IMPROVEMENTS IN 2014Manufacturing
    We asked a second special question about what supply chain improvements respondents plan to
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