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2019 middle market business outlook: Updates by industry

Key industry trends worth watching

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Next year promises to bring important technology improvements to a range of industry sectors. Artificial intelligence and machine learning are becoming important themes against the backdrop of record low unemployment, rising wages and challenges finding qualified workers. Meanwhile, rising prices on commodities such as steel and timber are forcing middle market companies to explore myriad ways to keep their costs in line as margin pressures increase.

From the use of blockchain to bring transparency to the consumer products supply chain to experiments with wearable technology that measures heart rate and other key vitals for health care providers, our industry analysts give you a preview of important industry trends worth watching.

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2019 middle market business outlooks

2019 business outlook: Health technology industry

2019 business outlook: Health technology industry

Great opportunities to leverage technology through artificial intelligence and machine learning exist within the health care industry.

2019 business outlook: Health care industry

2019 business outlook: Health care industry

Medicaid expansion in 2019 could positively affect health care providers in states with the expanded government benefit.

2019 business outlook: Life sciences industry

2019 business outlook: Life sciences industry

Life sciences companies must address the growing trove of data as they seek to bring personalized therapies, drugs and devices to market.

2019 business outlook: Retail industry

2019 business outlook: Retail industry

As economic momentum carries over into 2019, the driving forces in the retail sector include consumer spending, tariffs and labor.

2019 business outlook: Fashion and home furnishings industry

2019 business outlook: Fashion and home furnishings industry

Fashion and home furnishings sector faces strong consumer confidence amid threat of trade regulations and tight labor market.

2019 business outlook: Food and beverage industry

2019 business outlook: Food and beverage industry

For food and beverage businesses, margin pressures remain critical in 2019 due to increases in transportation expenses, wages and tariffs.

2019 business outlook: Restaurant industry

2019 business outlook: Restaurant industry

For restaurants in 2019, competition will continue to grow from C-stores and grocery, which have increased their focus on prepared meals.

2019 business outlook: Financial services industry

2019 business outlook: Financial services industry

For the financial services industry, rising interest rates call into question how investors will deploy capital in 2019.

2019 business outlook: Industrial product industry

2019 business outlook: Industrial product industry

The tight labor market and increasing wages will continue to put a strain on middle market manufacturing profitability in 2019.

2019 business outlook: Real estate industry

2019 business outlook: Real estate industry

For 2019, real estate market fundamentals will be strong; however, demographics and policy will continue to influence and drive investment.

2019 business outlook: Technology industry

2019 business outlook: Technology industry

Some middle market technology companies may need to absorb margin pressure by adjusting their pricing structure or shifting supply chains.

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