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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 - Q4 2017

Pick-up in output and orders despite a fluctuating Q3 - cost pressures and uncertainty shakes confidence for Q4.

Expectations were surpassed for the third quarter of 2017, at least in terms of output, following a disappointing Q2 - however printers' forecasts for Q4 remain subdued. The latest Printing Outlook survey shows 50% of printers increased output levels in the third quarter of 2017. A further 30% held output steady whilst 20% experienced a decline in output. The resulting balance (the difference between the ups and the downs) was +30; quite a bit more than +14 in Q2 and well above the Q3 forecast of +15. The latest Q3 balance compares favourably to last year's equivalent Q3 balance of 2, and is marginally above the other Q3 balances from recent years.

BPIF Printing Outlook - Q4 2017

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BPIF Printing Outlook - Q4 2017 BPIF Printing Outlook - Q4 2017
Pick-up in output and orders despite a fluctuating Q3 - cost pressures and uncertainty shakes confidence for Q4.
BPIF Printing Outlook - Q3 2017 BPIF Printing Outlook - Q3 2017
Subdued growth in Q2 orders and output as costs mount and confidence is shaken - industry voices Brexit concern but hopeful for stability.
BPIF Printing Outlook - Q2 2017 BPIF Printing Outlook - Q2 2017
A better than expected start to 2017 for printing and packaging - output growth to continue in Q2 but costs are climbing.
BPIF Printing Outlook - Q1 2017 BPIF Printing Outlook - Q1 2017
Print industry optimism prevailed in Q4 as forecast is surpassed - Q1 set to hold positive course.
BPIF Printing Outlook - Q4 2016 BPIF Printing Outlook - Q4 2016
Print battles to defy pessimistic forecast - some degree of seasonal boost expected in Q4
BPIF Printing Outlook - Q3 2016 BPIF Printing Outlook - Q3 2016
No Q2 rebound as output and orders disappoint - Brexit vote has shaken confidence and eroded expectations for Q3.
BPIF Printing Outlook - Q2 2016 BPIF Printing Outlook - Q2 2016
UK printing industry has a case of the wobbles in Q1 - confidence and trade expected to recover in Q2.
BPIF Printing Outlook - Q1 2016 BPIF Printing Outlook - Q1 2016
Output and orders exceeded expectations in Q4 - positive forecast for Q1 as some confidence returns.
BPIF Printing Outlook 2015 - Q1 BPIF Printing Outlook 2015 - Q1
Q4 boosted by seasonal surge in orders - confidence persists but so do the challenges.
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