Monday, February 04, 2008

2008 Industry Outlook

Years ago, when I was a newbie librarian (newbrarian?), a staple on the reference shelf was the annual "U.S. Industrial Outlook". Put out by the Department of Commerce, it ceased publication several years ago.

Periodically, though, the private sector puts out reports like the "2008 Industry Outlook". Deloitte issued this in late January. Its layout reminds me a lot of the old "Industrial Outlook," in that you get a snapshot view "the entire spectrum of industries that Deloitte serves" (which is pretty broad).

You're not going to get in-depth information here - it's not intended to be a market research report, nor is it covering the same depth as, say, Standard & Poor's Industry Surveys reports. However, if you want to get a snapshot perspective on how external factors (e.g., the Presidential election, the rising costs of energy, etc.) are affecting certain major industries in the U.S., this is a good place to start.

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