Indicators in the PPAI/ITR Economics second-quarter 2017 Market Outlook Report point to continued growth for industry suppliers and distributors through 2017 and into 2018, but growth should slow as the next year progresses.

The supplier member index annual growth rate climbed to 1.2 percent during second quarter 2017, and the economic research and consulting firm forecasts this growth trend to continue through the first half of 2018. ITR’s forecast, which extends to 2019, expects 4.1-percent and 3.8-percent growth in 2017 and 2018, respectively, but warns that inflationary pressures and higher interest rates may put a damper on corporate spending, pulling suppliers back 1.1 percent in 2019.

A similar decline is expected for distributors in 2019—negative 0.9 percent—but ITR’s expectations for PPAI distributor members over the next year are in line with its first-quarter projections: six-percent and 4.6-percent growth in 2017 and 2018, respectively. The distributor member index for first-quarter 2017 is up 2.6 percent on a year-over-year basis, and the accelerating pace of growth should continue through the first half of 2018.

The PPAI Market Outlook Report is a quarterly snapshot of the promotional products industry. In order to the best provide resources to members, this report was created by ITR Economics to provide information on macroeconomic, industry and competitive landscape trends. The goal of the report is to provide insight into current business cycle trends that affect member companies, allowing members to make better business decisions to increase profitability and mitigate risk.

An executive summary of the PPAI/ITR Economics’ second-quarter 2017 Market Outlook Report is available here. To access the more detailed and comprehensive full report and help better capture the state of the industry, become a participant in PPAI’s quarterly Market Outlook Survey. Find out how by contacting Mo Das, PPAI market research coordinator, at or 972-258-3058.