The Economist Intelligence Unit asked 647 senior-level industrial executives worldwide to predict 2014 activity in six major industries: automotive, consumer goods and retail, energy, financial services, health care, and telecommunications. Overall, respondents expect an upbeat year after a disappointing 2013. They believe the new year will bring increased competition and a continuing focus on developing economies. Specifically, they say that: Vehicle sales in newer economies will trump those in established markets; web and mobile devices will continue to transform retailing; energy dynamics will shift according to sector; realistic reforms will make bank failures less likely; health care spending will increase worldwide; and telecom growth will be greatest in developing economies. This concise but informative report ends with a useful list of industry milestones, conferences and meetings. The rank and experience of the respondents and the foresight of the 2013 report suggest to getAbstract that the bulk of these predictions have merit for decision makers, investors and planners in these sectors – as well as for economists and policy makers around the globe.
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