In Q3 2010, demand adressed to business leaders still considered dynamicQuarterly business survey (goods-producing industries) - October 2010

In Q3 2010, global demand as export demand adressed to business leaders still considered very dynamic, although it slowed slightly. The global and export demands outlook for Q4 2010 recovers clearly, upper its long-term average.

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No 260
Paru le : 22/10/2010
Prochaine parution le : 24/10/2017 at 08:45 - October 2017

Manufacturing industry

In Q3 2010, global demand as export demand adressed to business leaders still considered very dynamic, although it slowed slightly. The global and export demands outlook for Q4 2010 recovers clearly, upper its long-term average.

Production capacity was more intensely used in Q3 2010: the proportion of businesses encountering production bottlenecks improves by four points, settling significantly above its long-term average.

According to the business leaders, the fall of industrial manpower attenuated markedly in Q3 2010. Looking at business leader’s expectations, the decline in employment could attenuate again noticeably in Q4 2010.

tableau – Business leaders' opinion :Demand and production factors

Balance of opinion, s.a, in %
Business leaders' opinion :Demand and production factors
Manufacturing industry MOY* Jan. 10 Apr. 10 Jul. 10 Oct. 10
Total demand
Recent changes 0 14 9 21 16
Expected change 1 –0 4 –2 9
Export demand
Recent changes 3 13 4 19 18
Expected change 4 –12 –4 3 12
Production factors
Share of firms producing at full capacity (in%) 22 23 22 22 26
Opinion on production capacity 14 26 16 15 23
Productive capacity utilization rate (in %) 85 74 78 77 77
Difficulties of supply and demand
Difficulties of supply and demand 6 9 8 9 11
Difficulties of supply 20 7 16 22 16
Difficulties of demand 43 64 52 45 46
  • * : Long period average.
  • Source : Quarterly business survey - INSEE

Graph1ang – Recent changes in demand

Graph3ang – Workforce in manufacturing industry

Graph4ang – Competitive position