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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:

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.

BPIF Printing Outlook Q1 2018

MUTED GROWTH IN Q4 BUT NO SEASONAL BOOST - CONFIDENCE REMAINS LOW AMIDST CONTINUED COST PRESSURES AND LINGERING UNCERTAINTY

A noticeable absence of a seasonal upturn and the worst fourth quarter output report for five years, yet the reality turned out to be slightly better than the subdued expectations - the forecast for Q1 remains positive but subdued. The latest Printing Outlook survey shows 40% of printers increased output levels in the final quarter of 2018. A further 40% held output steady whilst 21% experienced a decline in output. The resulting balance (the difference between the ups and the downs) was +19; up on the forecast of +14 for Q4 but down on the +30 recorded in Q3. The Q4 period often sees a seasonal upturn, so it is disappointing to see a Q4 period reporting lower growth than the preceding Q3 period; as well as undercutting the Q4 periods from recent years.

BPIF Printing Outlook Q1 2018

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BPIF Printing Outlook Q1 2018 BPIF Printing Outlook Q1 2018
Muted growth in Q4 but no seasonal boost - confidence remains low amidst continued cost pressures and lingering uncertainty.
BPIF Printing Outlook - Q4 2017 BPIF Printing Outlook - Q4 2017
Pick-up in output and orders despite a fluctuating Q3 - cost pressures and uncertainty shakes confidence for Q4.
BPIF Printing Outlook - Q3 2017 BPIF Printing Outlook - Q3 2017
Subdued growth in Q2 orders and output as costs mount and confidence is shaken - industry voices Brexit concern but hopeful for stability.
BPIF Printing Outlook - Q2 2017 BPIF Printing Outlook - Q2 2017
A better than expected start to 2017 for printing and packaging - output growth to continue in Q2 but costs are climbing.
BPIF Printing Outlook - Q1 2017 BPIF Printing Outlook - Q1 2017
Print industry optimism prevailed in Q4 as forecast is surpassed - Q1 set to hold positive course.
BPIF Printing Outlook - Q4 2016 BPIF Printing Outlook - Q4 2016
Print battles to defy pessimistic forecast - some degree of seasonal boost expected in Q4
BPIF Printing Outlook - Q3 2016 BPIF Printing Outlook - Q3 2016
No Q2 rebound as output and orders disappoint - Brexit vote has shaken confidence and eroded expectations for Q3.
BPIF Printing Outlook - Q2 2016 BPIF Printing Outlook - Q2 2016
UK printing industry has a case of the wobbles in Q1 - confidence and trade expected to recover in Q2.
BPIF Printing Outlook - Q1 2016 BPIF Printing Outlook - Q1 2016
Output and orders exceeded expectations in Q4 - positive forecast for Q1 as some confidence returns.
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