Economic Analysis

  • Businesses express widespread concern over proposed tariff hikes on sales and economic outlook

  • While overall sentiment has dipped to the lowest level since the 2016 elections, the near-term outlook remains largely in line with the longer-term post-recession norm, suggesting that business fundamentals remain largely unchanged.

  • Mid-sized companies remain upbeat about the near-term outlook according to our latest poll, suggesting further improvement in national economic performance over the remainder of 2018.

  • This quarter’s survey results suggest more small and mid-sized business plan to increase hiring, raise wages and invest in their operations. The high confidence is translating into positive economic momentum.

  • This quarter’s survey results suggest that mid-sized companies remain upbeat about the near-term outlook for their business and the economy, driven in part by tailwinds from federal tax reform legislation.

  • Small and mid-size business owners are optimistic about the economy, and their confidence appears to be triggering positive-yet-cautious steps forward to grow their operations and raise wages.

  • The results of M&T Bank's Q3 2017 Economic Outlook Survey show the hiring forecasts of large businesses have reached post-recession highs.

  • For the second time, M&T Bank conducted a survey of small and mid-sized business owners (those with annual sales of under $10 million) to gain a deeper analysis of their outlook for the overall economy and their own industry. The results suggest businesses are growing more optimistic about the economy.

  • The results of M&T Bank’s first quarter Economic Outlook Survey for 2017 suggests large businesses and commercial real estate enterprises are looking forward to potential changes in economic policy under the new administration.

  • The results of M&T Bank’s third quarter Economic Outlook Survey for 2016 suggests mid-sized companies are growing more worried about the economic outlook, but remain cautiously optimistic about their own business prospects.

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