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Economic Uncertainty Makes Divestiture Planning a Challenge

Divestiture Survey Report 2013: Sharpening your strategy

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The uncertainty over how the federal government might act to prevent the economy from falling off the so-called "fiscal cliff" made business planning for 2013 especially challenging. In late 2012, there was growing evidence the recovery was picking up steam in the U.S., with stronger than expected GDP growth and the unemployment rate dropping below eight percent. Yet, despite recent clarity on the fiscal cliff, the business community may continue to be cautious in decision making. 

Mixed outlook for 2013
When surveyed in October–November 2012, most respondents indicated economic conditions would influence their company's decision to attempt divestitures in 2013, but few thought they would become more difficult to complete. The survey results also indicate that executives, in general, expect 2013 divestiture activity to mirror what we have seen in 2012. These findings are both consistent with an outlook for near-term economic uncertainty and suggest the likelihood of continued strategic and opportunistic divestiture activity. 

Read more about our findings and insights around how the uncertain economic outlook is affecting divestiture strategy in the  Economic uncertainty makes divestiture planning a challenge chapter in our Divestiture Survey Report 2013

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