discussion 2

One aspect of industry analysis is examining industry trends and the factors that impact them, which is the topic of this discussion.
Consider the industry of your current job, or choose an industry in which you are interested in working. How is that industry trending? What internal and external factors may affect the direction of the organization? For your initial post, identify the industry you are discussing and use the Industry Analysis, Trends, Statistics, and Forecasts article to answer these questions.
In response to your peers, offer your opinion of the industry they have posted about. Do you agree with their assessment? Why or why not?

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