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ThomasNet: Industrial sector confident of growth

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New York—Executives and managers in the industrial and distribution sector in North America anticipate growth, according to ThomasNet's “Industry Market Barometer.” Almost half (45%) of respondents said their companies grew in the first half of last year. Eighty-eight percent of respondents said they anticipated growth in the first half of this year. Sixty-eight percent of respondents said the biggest challenge to their business was customers cutting back or going out of business. Nonetheless, 37% of respondents said they planned to hire in the first half of the year. The online survey, with 3,370 respondents, was conducted from January to March.
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