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.
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.
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