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.
GROWTH AND CONFIDENCE HIT IN Q2 – OUTPUT EXPECTED TO RECOVER IN Q3 BUT RESTORING CONFIDENCE WILL TAKE LONGER
The UK printing industry was not immune to the economic turmoil in the second quarter of 2019 – both output and orders suffered a contraction to duck below the forecasts and into negative territory. Orders are expected to remain subdued in Q3 but output is expected to bounce back.
The latest Printing Outlook survey shows 32% of printers increased output levels in the second quarter of 2019. The remaining respondents were split evenly; 34% held output steady and 34% experienced a decline in output.
The resulting balance (the difference between the ups and the downs) was -2, a continuation of the decline experiences in Q1 that followed the Q4 seasonal boost. This was an underperformance in comparison to the forecast for Q2 (the forecasted balance was +8).
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