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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 Q4 2019

LACKLUSTRE Q3 AS OUTPUT SKIPS THE SEASONAL BOOST - FLAT EXPECTATIONS FOR Q4 MAY BE BOOSTED BY ELECTION FEVER, DESPITE UNDERLYING CONFIDENCE ISSUES

The third quarter of 2019 was a disappointing one for the UK printing industry - both output and orders failed to live up to expectations and there was no repeat of the seasonal boost experienced last year. Orders and output are now expected to remain subdued in Q4, so an election surge will be well received.

The latest Printing Outlook survey reveals that 37% of printers increased output levels in the third quarter of 2019. The remaining respondents were split fairly evenly; 31% held output steady and 32% experienced a decline in output. The resulting balance (the difference between the ups and the downs) was +5, a recovery from -2 in Q2 but some way short of the Q3 expectation (+19).

This is the worst Q3 report for three years, since the aftermath of the shock EU referendum result, and particularly disappointing in comparison to the positive Q3 and Q4 performance levels last year.

 

BPIF Printing Outlook Q4 2019

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BPIF Printing Outlook Q4 2019 BPIF Printing Outlook Q4 2019
Lacklustre Q3 as output skips the seasonal boost - flat expectations for Q4 may be boosted by election fever, despite underlying confidence issues.
BPIF Printing Outlook Q3 2019 BPIF Printing Outlook Q3 2019
Growth and confidence hit in Q2 – output expected to recover in Q3 but restoring confidence will take longer.
BPIF Printing Outlook Q2 2019 BPIF Printing Outlook Q2 2019
Q1 growth slowed but held above forecast as confidence defied negative expectations - forecasts subdued for Q2.
BPIF Printing Outlook Q1 2019 BPIF Printing Outlook Q1 2019
Seasonal boost stimulates slight recovery in confidencse - expected to subside in Q1 as output and order growth recedes.
BPIF Printing Outlook Q4 2018 BPIF Printing Outlook Q4 2018
Q3 output bounced back to justify the positive forecast - seasonal boost to extend into Q4 despite fragility in confidence.
BPIF Printing Outlook Q3 2018 BPIF Printing Outlook Q3 2018
Q2 output and orders matched the downbeat forecast - boost expected in Q3 despite confidence and cost concerns.
BPIF Printing Outlook Q2 2018 BPIF Printing Outlook Q2 2018
Better than expected Q1 for output and orders - tougher times ahead as pricing and cost concerns dampen forecasts.
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.
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