U.S. Quarterly Economic Update (Q2, 2017) and Strategic Business Implications

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Great Prairie Group LLC announces Q2 U.S. economic update, select industries performance, and strategic business implications.

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Economic indicators appropriate for business managers help to take a meaningful snapshot of the economy.


A dashboard of leading and lagging indicators offers a current high-level view and an easy comparison to draw valuable conclusions about the economic outlook and underlying shifts in the business cycle.

Select leading indicators: mixed performance

  • ISM Manufacturing Index +1%
  • Building Permits -0.5%
  • Retail Sales -0.1%
  • Index of Consumer Expectations -3.0%
  • S&P500 Index +2.57%

Select lagging indicators: positive performance

  • Industrial Production Index +1.3%
  • Change in Average Hourly Earnings +0.5%
  • Average Monthly Prime Lending Rate +0.25 bps
  • Producer Price Index +0.2%
  • Consumer Price Index +0.3%

For an interactive view of the dashboard, indicators, significance, and performance, click here.



  • Aerospace & Defense +18.81%
  • Airfreight & Logistics +3.87%
  • Airlines +14.32%
  • Building Products +13.81%
  • Commercial Services & Supplies +6.12%
  • Construction & Engineering -7.46%
  • Electrical Equipment +14.08%
  • Industrial Conglomerates -0.39%
  • Machinery +17.36%
  • Professional Services +2.14%
  • Road & Rail +16.17%
  • Trading Companies & Distributors -10.03%

Information Technology

  • Communications Equipment +3.95%
  • Electronic Equipment, Instruments & Components +18.64%
  • IT Services +13.86%
  • Internet Software & Services +28.64%
  • Semiconductors and Semiconductor Equipment +15.81%
  • Software +24.69%
  • Technology Hardware, Storage & Peripherals +27.06%


  • Chemicals +13.24%
  • Construction Materials +0.26%
  • Containers & Packaging +13.27%
  • Metals & Mining -0.65%

S&P500 Index +9.84%

Is your industry over/under-performing the S&P500 Index?

For an interactive view of the performance history of each industry, click here.


At any one time, powerful strategic moves exist for a company to beat the market and gain a leading position. These moves are contingent on three factors:

  • The impact of the current economic outlook (expansionary, contracting, peak, or through) on your business
  • The performance of your industry relative to the S&P 500 Index (over/under-performing), and
  • Your company’s competitive position

For a quick determination of your company’s competitive position, click here

About Great Prairie Group
Great Prairie Group is a management consulting firm that specializes in strategy and execution. The firm assists the board of major North American and European groups in their growth strategies, and private equity funds in analyzing and improving the value of their investment. To view more, visit http://www.greatprairiegroup.com

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Luca Ottinetti
Great Prairie Group

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