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) and sector insight from EMGE (paper industry consultants)
- 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.
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.
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