Total demand was less deteriorated in manufacturing industryin Q2 2009Quarterly business survey (goods-producing industries) - July 2009

According to the business leaders questioned to the quarterly survey of July 2009, global and export demands fell again in manufacturing industry in Q2 2009. However the decline is less pronounced than during the two previous quarters.

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No 205
Paru le : 28/07/2009
Prochaine parution le : 24/10/2017 at 08:45 - October 2017

Manufacturing industry

According to the business leaders questioned to the quarterly survey of July 2009, global and export demands fell again in manufacturing industry in Q2 2009. However the decline is less pronounced than during the two previous quarters.

Looking at business leader’s expectations, demand would continue to deteriorate in Q3 2009, but again in a less pronounced way.

Production capacity was anew less intensely used in Q2 2009: the proportion of businesses encountering production bottlenecks fell by 4 points.

According to the business leaders, the fall of industrial manpower increased in Q2 2009 anew. Looking at business leader’s expectations, the decline in employment is expected to be less marked over the next three months.

Tableau 1 – Business leaders' opinion : Demand and production factors

Balance of opinion, s.a, in %
Business leaders' opinion : Demand and production factors
Manufacturing industry MOY* OCT08 JAN09 APR09 JUL09
Total demand
Recent changes -0 -23 -52 -58 -43
Expected change 0 -30 -44 -37 -20
Export demand
Recent changes 2 -13 -54 -61 -44
Expected change 4 -24 -45 -33 -13
Production factors
Share of firms producing at full capacity (in%) 21 22 21 11 7
Opinion on production capacity 16 17 35 40 39
Productive capacity utilization rate (in %) 84 82,2 75 70,3 70,5
Difficulties of supply and demand
Difficulties of supply and demand 6 10 11 14 15
Difficulties of supply 23 17 9 6 6
Difficulties of demand 43 47 57 62 62
  • * : Long period average.
  • Source : Quarterly business survey - INSEE

Graph1ang – Recent changes in demand

Graph3ang – Workforce in manufacturing industry

Graph4ang – Competitive position