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.
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.
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