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Manufacturing & The Economy

NAM Survey Shows Increasingly Positive Outlook in 2017

New results from the NAM Manufacturers’ Outlook survey show manufacturers’ optimism rose to a new all-time high in the survey’s nearly 20-year history. In this latest survey, 93.3% of manufacturers are either somewhat or very positive about their own company’s outlook, up from 56.6% one year ago and 77.8% in December. As a result, the NAM Manufacturers’ Outlook Index also soared to a new high, up from 53.1 in December to 63.7 in this report. It was the second straight quarter where the outlook exceeded its historic average – which would equate to 50 in the index – and there were strong gains in confidence for all firm sizes. 

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