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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 - Q3 2016

No Q2 rebound as output and orders disappoint - Brexit vote has shaken confidence and eroded expectations for Q3.


Increased levels of uncertainty in 2016 are evident. There have now been successive quarters in which output forecasts were left high and dry by the harsh reality and expectations for Q3 have been radically downgraded. The latest Printing Outlook survey reveals that whilst just over one-third of printers (35%) maintained output levels in the second quarter of 2016, 31% experienced a fall in output and 34% were able to increase output. The resulting balance (the difference between the ups and the downs) was +3; up from -1 in Q1 but some way below the forecasted balance of +37, and the lowest Q2 balance since 2012.

BPIF Printing Outlook - Q3 2016

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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.
BPIF Printing Outlook 2015 - Q2 BPIF Printing Outlook 2015 - Q2
Output and orders exhibit growth in Q1 - optimism for Q2 is tempered by some uncertainties.
BPIF Printing Outlook 2015 - Q3 BPIF Printing Outlook 2015 - Q3
Growth maintained at expense of prices and margins - cautious optimism permeating tough climate.
BPIF Printing Outlook 2015 - Q4 BPIF Printing Outlook 2015 - Q4
Confidence hit in Q3 despite growth in output and orders - speedy recovery expected in Q4.
BPIF Printing Outlook 2014 - Q1 BPIF Printing Outlook 2014 - Q1
Output levels at six-year high - Q1 to be quieter but confidence remains buoyant.
BPIF Printing Outlook 2014 - Q2 BPIF Printing Outlook 2014 - Q2
Improvement in print demand continues - further growth predicted in Q2.
BPIF Printing Outlook 2014 - Q3 BPIF Printing Outlook 2014 - Q3
Confidence improves as print demand remains positive - orders and output to continue to grow in Q3.
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