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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 Q3 2018


The UK printing industry almost exactly matched the downbeat expectations for Q2, as far as output and orders are concerned - fortunately the forecasts for Q3 suggests some growth ahead.

The latest Printing Outlook survey shows 33% of printers increased output levels in the second quarter of 2018. A further 32% held output steady whilst 35% experienced a decline in output. The resulting balance (the difference between the ups and the downs) was -2; down on the +23 recoded in Q1 and just undercutting the Q2 forecast of -1. The Q2 period seems to have been characterised by fluctuating periods of activity and inactivity with significant dependence on the performance of clients' markets.

There also appears to have been a consistent reduction in commercial print run-lengths and an increase in ordering delays. Anecdotally, the packaging sector has exhibited more stability but client performance and levels of uncertainty remain a concern.


BPIF Printing Outlook Q3 2018

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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.
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.
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