Global business optimism surges amid trade uncertainty.
2017 International Business Indicator reportGlobal business optimism surges amid trade uncertainty
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U.S. companies are optimistic about international business and emerging market opportunities in the year ahead despite trade uncertainty, our 2017 International Business Indicator survey shows. With a score of 74 — a nine point increase from 2016 — the International Business Indicator metric of global business sentiments is the highest it has been since we began the annual business survey four years ago.
Citing a number of macroeconomic factors including a strong U.S. dollar, 81% of U.S. companies expect a rise in their international business activity in 2017. However, 78% are concerned about the effects of failed trade pacts, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
View the materials below to learn more about U.S. companies’ expectations and strategies for 2017, including:
- Attitudes toward trade and concerns about failed trade pacts
- Future growth hot spots
- Value of U.K. and European business connections in light of Brexit
- External factors and events shaping international business strategies
Key highlights from the 2017 International Business Indicator report
International Business Indicator infographics
View all the 2017 International Business Indicator survey infographics in this one-page snapshot.
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Indicator key findings
Get a quick summary of the 2017 International Business Indicator survey findings in this two-page report.
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About the 2017 survey
Wells Fargo designed the International Business Indicator metric to help business leaders better understand and assess the global business climate. Based on a survey released annually since 2014, the International Business Indicator metric tracks the strength and direction of U.S. companies’ international business outlook and activities over time. The Indicator score ranges from zero to 100, where 100 indicates an absolute positive outlook, 50 indicates a neutral outlook, and zero indicates an absolute negative outlook.
Research firm Market Strategies International conducted 281 telephone interviews with executives at companies that do business internationally and have $50 million or more in annual revenue. Participants were executives, associate vice president and director level or above, with either primary responsibility or at least some influence over the company’s international business plans or strategies. This year’s survey occurred during a U.S. presidential election cycle between Nov. 14, 2016, and Jan. 24, 2017, when attention to business and economic issues is often greater than during a nonelection cycle. The margin of error on the total is 6.8% with a 95% confidence level.
International Business Indicator report
- Full survey report (PDF) — A comprehensive view of the 2016 survey results
- Infographic (PDF) — An illustration of the most compelling findings from the 2016 survey
- Full survey report (PDF) — A comprehensive view of the 2015 survey results
- Infographic (PDF) — An infographic illustrating the most compelling 2015 survey findings
- Full survey report (PDF) — A comprehensive view of the 2014 survey results
- Infographic (PDF) — An infographic illustrating the most compelling 2014 survey findings
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