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 printed packaging Red Flag Statistics and Financial Health statistics compiled especially for the BPIF by Red Flag Alert and 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.
Q3 OUTPUT BOUNCED BACK TO JUSTIFY THE POSITIVE FORECAST - SEASONAL BOOST TO EXTEND INTO Q4 DESPITE FRAGILITY IN CONFIDENCE
The UK printing industry has rebounded from a lacklustre Q2 to match the positive Q3 forecast, as far as output volumes are concerned - upbeat expectations for Q4 reveal optimism, at least in the short-term future.
The latest Printing Outlook survey shows 44% of printers increased output levels in the third quarter of 2018. A further 33% held output steady whilst 23% experienced a decline in output. The resulting balance (the difference between the ups and the downs) was +21; a significant turnaround on the -2 recorded in Q2 and just below the Q3 forecast of +23.
The Q3 period has benefited from the traditional seasonal boost, though for some this has come later into the quarter than expected. There is no shortage of comments referring to the difficulty of trading in sectors subject to intense competition and rising cost pressures.
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