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The Shift Index 2009: Industry Metrics and Perspectives


In June of 2009, the Deloitte Center for the Edge unveiled the first version of its groundbreaking Shift Index. The initial release used a combination of original and established analytical approaches to four decades of data to examine long-term competitive challenges for U.S. businesses at a macroeconomic level.

The first release of the Shift Index highlighted a core performance challenge that has been playing out for decades: return on assets for U.S. companies has steadily fallen to almost one quarter of 1965 levels at the same time that we have seen continued, albeit much more modest, improvements in labor productivity.

Now, the Center has released an industry-specific version of its Shift Index, which applies these performance-challenge data to nine key sectors. The new version of the Shift Index provides an introduction to the thought leadership, methodology and data that drives the index’s metrics. 

Following that, a cross-sector analysis takes an insightful look at the differences—and commonalities—among each of the nine sectors. 

Finally, a series of “deep dive” sector reports offer a clear, comprehensive and sustained view of the deep dynamics affecting each sector.

Detailed Sector Reports

Consumer & Industrial Products Industry
Financial Services Industry
Health Sciences & Government Industry
Technology, Media & Telecommunications Industry

Dig Deeper: The Shift Index-Industry Metrics and Perspectives

We invite you to explore the Shift Index in more detail—its unique focus beyond cyclical measurement provides a compelling new look at the long-term rate of change and its impact on economic performance.

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