Thomas A. Stewart Discusses 4Q 2014 Middle Market Indicator

Executive Director Thomas A. Stewart discusses the latest findings of the 4Q 2014 Middle Market Indicator, which reports a strong end to 2014 across all revenue segments in the middle market. The outlook for 2015 is equally as positive across the spectrum. In the fourth quarter significantly more middle market firms (73%) reported a year-over-year increase in revenue growth than last quarter and revenue growth remains stable at 7.2%, up from 5.0% in Q4 2013. Employment growth also rose, with almost half (49%) of middle market leaders reported an increase in staff over the past year. In terms of confidence, eight in 10 middle market leaders express confidence in the local economy and nearly three-quarters are confident in the U.S. economy. Yet, just over half have a positive or somewhat confident outlook regarding the global economy. When it comes to investment, for the first time since the fourth quarter of 2012, there is a noticeable increase in the number of middle market leaders planning to invest cash.

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