Here are some interesting factoids from a recent SME article:
68% Believe US economy is growing, this indicator has been above 60% for 6 quarters
Historically high levels of liquidity are enabling manufacturers to strengthen operations, add talent and improve technology.
R&D spending plans are the highest they have been in 5 quarters.
77% expect positive revenue growth over the next 12 months.
The number of organizations looking to buy and/or sell is up from 28% to 38%.
The perceived major headwind over the next 12 months is Legislative/Regulatory pressures.
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