Middle Market Indicator

The only economic and performance outlook indicator of the middle market health.

Released quarterly by the National Center for the Middle Market, the Middle Market Indicator is the only resource of its type, providing performance data and forward-thinking insight on the middle market. Because the current health and forecast for the middle market serves as a solid indicator for the greater U.S. economy and America’s future competitiveness, this report is an invaluable resource for the business community, policymakers and students alike.

The Middle Market Indicator is a quarterly business performance update and economic outlook survey conducted among 1,000 C-suite executives of middle market companies with annual revenues between $10MM and $1B. The survey tracks and reports key information about middle market companies, including:

  • Gross revenues performance
  • Overall company performance
  • Employment performance
  • Expected 12-month gross revenue growth and employment growth
  • Confidence in the global economy, U.S. economy, and local economy
  • Key business challenges
  • Top areas for investment dollars
  • Perceptions on topical issues and challenges relevant to the U.S. middle market

This imperative research can be leveraged by executives, researchers, and students to further the awareness, success and prosperity of the middle market.

 
Recent Indicators
3Q 2013 Middle Market Indicator

3Q 2013 Middle Market Indicator

U.S. middle market companies extended their string of solid revenue and employment gains during the third quarter of 2013 and anticipate those trends will continue over the next 12 months, however, at a decelerating pace. Though markedly improved from the same period a year earlier, revenue increases, employment gains and confidence in the global and local economy all appear to have hit plateaus amid mounting concerns – indicating that business conditions for this critical segment of the U.S. economy have stabilized.

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2Q 2013 Middle Market Indicator

2Q 2013 Middle Market Indicator

Optimism among middle market companies is increasing, with revenue, hiring, confidence, and investment all on the rise. This optimism within the middle market is a good indicator that the rest of the economy will rebound. However, challenges still persist for the middle market. Uncertainties around how healthcare legislation will impact business, the ability to maintain margins and the uncertainty of how government actions will impact business all remain challenges to companies in the middle market.

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1Q 2013 Middle Market Indicator

1Q 2013 Middle Market Indicator

With average revenue growth over the past 12 months of 5.8%, the middle market continues to show robust growth. In an economy that overall experienced a mere 0.4% GDP growth in the fourth quarter of 2012, the growth of the middle market is nothing short of remarkable.

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