In Q1 2012, global and export demand adressed to business leaders increased: the corresponding balances go up and are above their long-term average. For Q2 2012, the global demand outlook improves, whereas the export demand outlook deteriorates.
Production capacity was used in Q1 2012 as the same rate in Q4 2011: the proportion of businesses encountering production bottlenecks is still above its long-term average.
According to the business leaders, the industrial manpower stopped to slow down in Q1 2012 : the corresponding balance is steady and remains above its long-term average. The industrial manpower could slightly increase in Q2 2012.
Recent changes in demand
Workforce in manufacturing industry
|Balance of opinion, s.a, in %|
|* : Long period average.|
|Source : Quarterly business survey - INSEE|
|Manufacturing industry||MOY*||Jul. 11||Oct. 11||Jan. 12||April 12|
|Share of firms producing at full capacity (in%)||22||25||33||26||26|
|Opinion on production capacity||14||5||9||17||26|
|Productive capacity utilization rate (in %)||85||83||83||81||81|
|Difficulties of supply and demand|
|Difficulties of supply and demand||7||8||11||9||9|
|Difficulties of supply||20||29||26||14||14|
|Difficulties of demand||42||30||32||40||45|
n° 105 - April 24, 2012
Quarterly business survey (goods-producing industries) - April 2012
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