Summary of Industries in 2015

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The Economist Intelligence Unit offers a broad-brush view of the trends that prevailed in 2014 for six major industries and presents a wide-ranging forecast for 2015. While improving conditions have made most corporate leaders more optimistic, obstacles remain – among them China’s slowing growth, Europe’s tepid recovery and growing geopolitical tensions. getAbstract recommends this concise, forward-looking report to executives and investors.

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The Economist Intelligence Unit is an independent research and analysis organization.



A global survey of corporate executives uncovers mixed prospects for six major industries:

  • Automotive – Vigorous expansion in 2015 may be elusive as China’s auto sales slacken, US sales drop slightly and Europe sees only a moderate uptick. Ongoing investment in electric vehicles and other technologies are raising costs. In 2015, the industry will deal with the effects of reduced fuel subsidies in several countries, a transition from steel to aluminum car bodies, and advances in regional and bilateral trade talks.
  • Consumer goods and retail – “Competition, regulation and consumer empowerment” hit profitability in 2014 and will ...

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