In March 2010, the economic climate improves in manufacturing industryMonthly business survey (goods-producing industries) - March 2010

According to the business leaders questioned in March, the industrial economic situation in France improved: The business climate indicator increases by four points, but remains below its long term average. The turning point indicator stays to the neutral area, indicating an economic uncertainty.

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Paru le : 23/03/2010
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Manufacturing industry

According to the business leaders questioned in March, the industrial economic situation in France improved: The business climate indicator increases by four points, but remains below its long term average. The turning point indicator stays to the neutral area, indicating an economic uncertainty.

Business leaders consider that their past activity stabilized near its long-term average. Stocks of finished goods decrease a little and are rated very light. Total order books stay low. Export order books are rated as low too, although they increased.

The personal production outlook for the next month improves markedly and comes back so to its long-term average. The general production outlook, which represents business leaders’ opinion on French industry as a whole, stays upper its long-term average from now on.

tableau – Leaders' opinion: manufacturing industrial activity

Balance of opinion, s.a, in %
Leaders' opinion: manufacturing industrial activity
Manufacturing industry Average* Dec. 09 Jan. 10 Feb. 10 Mar. 10
Synthetic index 100 89 92 91 94
Recent changes in output 4 –2 2 3 4
Finished-goods inventory level 14 2 0 –1 –3
Demand and total order levels –19 –57 –52 –52 –51
Demand and export order levels –14 –58 –48 –52 –43
Personal production expectations 4 –8 –5 –4 3
General production expectations –9 –11 –5 –5 –5
  • * : The average of the balances opinion since 1976.
  • Source : Monthly business survey - INSEE

Graphang1 – Industrial economic climate - Synthetic Index

Graphang2 – Turning-point indicator

Graphang3 – Business leaders' opinion (manufacturing industry)