Printing Outlook is the BPIF's quarterly printing industry trends survey, compiled primarily from an online survey of BPIF members. It covers topics such as: your top business concerns, orders, output, price levels, capacity, costs, margins, investment, pay reviews, productivity, late payment and payment terms, public sector procurement, Web-to-print and paper & board prices and supply.
As well as reporting on the BPIF's latest quarterly survey of trends in the printing industry, Printing Outlook now incorporates:
- UK headline economic data
- CBI forecasts and assessment
- Paper and board consumption statistics from the Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI)
- Printing Ink sales volumes and values from the British Coatings Federation (BCF)
- Energy sector commentary from Schneider Electric
- The latest print and packaging Red Flag Statistics compiled especially for the BPIF by Begbies Traynor
- Insolvency statistics for the printing sector
- Advertising sector data and analysis from the Advertising Association / Warc Expenditure Report and the IPA Bellwether Report
Printing Outlook is widely reported in the trade press, and feeds into the Bank of England and their provision of data to the Monetary Policy Committee. It is required reading for many suppliers to and investors in the industry, and is used by the BPIF to help represent the interests of our industry to other trade associations, the CBI, Government and the European and worldwide printing industries.
BPIF members can download the full report below; Printing Outlook press releases are available here.
Non-members may purchase the Printing Outlook reports from the PrintData website.
Subdued growth in Q2 orders and output as costs mount and confidence is shaken - industry voices Brexit concern but hopeful for stability.
The second quarter of 2017 did not live up to the hopeful expectations for the period but did display some growth in the volume of output and orders - Q3 is forecast to continue this trend. The latest Printing Outlook survey shows 38% of printers increased output levels in the second quarter of 2017. A further 39% held output steady whilst 24% experienced a decline in output. The resulting balance (the difference between the ups and the downs) was +14; quite a bit less than +27 in Q1. However, the latest Q2 balance compares favourably to last year's equivalent Q2 balance of 3.
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