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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 Q2 2021


The UK printing and printed packaging industry achieved a steady balance in Q1 and is expected to take strong strides up the recovery path, with significant increases in output and orders in Q2. To re-cap - the Covid-19 outbreak hit at the end of Q1, Q2 bore the brunt of the impact and whilst Q3 exhibited a recovery, of sorts, Q4 experienced a halt on that recovery path and Q1 saw some moderate improvements as an equilibrium was achieved between the ups and the downs. Fortunately forecasts for Q2 are finally showing the significant improvements that we would all loved to have seen continue six months ago. Now the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions are being lifted, more of the economy is opening up and printers are beginning to see more business returning.

The latest Printing Outlook survey reveals that 33% of printers managed to increase their output levels in the first quarter of 2021. One-third (33%) were able to hold output steady, whilst the remaining 34% were adversely affected by a decline in output. The resulting balance (the difference between the ups and the downs) was -1, up from the -9 reported in Q4 2020 and, whilst still negative, well above the Q1 forecast (-24). Output has yet to return to the positive zone (where more companies report an improvement rather than a decline) but a return towards it is promising.

BPIF Printing Outlook Q2 2021

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BPIF Printing Outlook Q2 2021 BPIF Printing Outlook Q2 2021
Printing industry stabilised in Q1 - output, orders and confidence to recover in Q2 but cost pressures intensify squeeze on margins.
BPIF Printing Outlook Q1 2021 BPIF Printing Outlook Q1 2021
Confidence eroded as Q4 output and orders curtailed - a further downturn is now underway in Q1 but vaccine roll-out provides hope.
BPIF Printing Outlook Q4 2020 BPIF Printing Outlook Q4 2020
Confidence improved as output and orders rallied in Q3 - unfortunately road to recovery blocked in Q4.
BPIF Printing Outlook Q3 2020 BPIF Printing Outlook Q3 2020
Output and orders sink to new depths in Q2 amidst Covid enforced crisis in confidence - but rebuilding is underway in Q3.
BPIF Printing Outlook Q2 2020 BPIF Printing Outlook Q2 2020
Demand and confidence decimated in Q1 as COVID-19 impact strikes the printing industry - Q2 to bear the brunt of the downturn.
BPIF Printing Outlook Q1 2020 BPIF Printing Outlook Q1 2020
Q4 disappoints as orders and output only marginally outperform restrained forecast - hope for Q1 as expectations for confidence strengthen.
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.
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