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.
Q2 OUTPUT AND ORDERS MATCHED THE DOWNBEAT FORECAST - BOOST EXPECTED IN Q3 DESPITE CONFIDENCE AND COST CONCERNS
The UK printing industry almost exactly matched the downbeat expectations for Q2, as far as output and orders are concerned - fortunately the forecasts for Q3 suggests some growth ahead.
The latest Printing Outlook survey shows 33% of printers increased output levels in the second quarter of 2018. A further 32% held output steady whilst 35% experienced a decline in output. The resulting balance (the difference between the ups and the downs) was -2; down on the +23 recoded in Q1 and just undercutting the Q2 forecast of -1. The Q2 period seems to have been characterised by fluctuating periods of activity and inactivity with significant dependence on the performance of clients' markets.
There also appears to have been a consistent reduction in commercial print run-lengths and an increase in ordering delays. Anecdotally, the packaging sector has exhibited more stability but client performance and levels of uncertainty remain a concern.
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