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.
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.
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