2018 housing starts kick off strong

February 16, 2018
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By Scott Volling January housing starts blew away expectations, coming in at 1,326,000, 7.5% above the consensus of 1,234,000 and 7.3% higher than January of 2017.  This is the highest level of starts since October of 2016 and reflects a strong 9.7% rebound from December, despite an upward revision of 17,000 to 1,209,000.  Permits also […]

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Data confidence: Ensuring your intel isn’t fake news

February 8, 2018
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By Bill Hull People say we’re living in a post-truth society, but modern businesses know there’s still such a thing as objective truth: it’s called good data. Whereas fake news and disinformation can lead to an erosion of trust, reliable data can increase a business’s operational competence, can promote efficiencies across the enterprise, and can […]

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Can you be a first mover in industrial mobility?

February 6, 2018
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By Bobby Bono, Carolyn Lee, and Todd Benigni When it comes to self-driving vehicles, passenger cars may grab most of the headlines, but they aren’t capturing most of the investment in the space. According to a PwC analysis, of the $6.8 billion raised by autonomous-transport startups since 2012, about 62% has gone to companies working […]

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PMI manufacturing numbers hold steady near highs, reflecting a positive outlook for 2018

February 1, 2018
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By Bobby Bono and Michael Goulet The ISM Purchasing Manager’s Index (PMI) for manufacturing survey held steady at 59.1 for the month of January 2018. While this is slightly lower than December’s number by 0.2%, PMI numbers remain strong and at the high end of the spectrum. From a historical perspective, the past six months of PMI […]

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A tale of two automotive industries

January 30, 2018
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By Brandon Mason Walking through the North Hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center for the 2018 CES show, it’s easy to imagine a not too distant future where everyday life is more efficient, enjoyable and safer. Fully autonomous vehicles, integrated systems that can provide users any type of data or service in near real-time, […]

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A record year for aerospace and defense deals leads into a positive 2018 outlook

January 26, 2018
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By Bob Long Free from the uncertainty surrounding US tax policy and buoyed by the continued economic expansion and a strong stock market, global dealmakers are poised for larger transactions in 2018. The global aerospace & defense industry is coming off a record year for deal value, and we expect continued growth in aviation and […]

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2017 M&A recap & 2018 outlook: Engineering & Construction

January 25, 2018
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By Colin McIntyre and Mike Sobolewski Although the Engineering & Construction industry had a slow start with M&A activity during the first quarter of 2017, there was an upswing in deal value during the last three quarters for the year as companies shifted focus away from uncertainty to opportunity anchored by a strong global economy and housing […]

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Dip in housing starts expected to be short-lived

January 18, 2018
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By Scott Volling December housing starts came in at 1,192,000, 6.5% below the consensus of 1,275,000 and 6.0% below last year’s 1,268,000. Given the momentum that appeared in October and November, this is certainly a disappointing number to end the year, but one we think is a temporary speed bump as we enter what we expect […]

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The auto industry conundrum: Dissecting myths versus realities

January 12, 2018
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By Ray Telang Nearly every day, headlines from around the automotive industry herald the imminent deployment of electric, connected, autonomous, shared, personalized and on-demand vehicles en masse. While 2017 confirmed that technology is driving a sustained shift in related trends – and confabs, such as CES, the North American International Auto Show and Automotive News […]

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Engineering & Construction: Being successful in the new normal

January 11, 2018
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By Mike Sobolewski and Greg Rainey PwC recently had the privilege of hosting our seventh annual Engineering & Construction Executive Roundtable in Arizona. We examined both the macro and micro trends affecting the industry and discussed practical solutions for dealing with the rapidly shifting environment. From the comments we received both during and after the […]

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