In Q4 2010, Demand adressed to business leaders has got strongerQuarterly business survey (goods-producing industries) - January 2011

In Q4 2010, global demand as export demand addressed to business leaders increased significantly: the corres-ponding balance stood well above its pre-crisis levels. The demand outlook, particularly global, decline slightly but remains above its long-term average.

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No 23
Paru le : 24/01/2011
Prochaine parution le : 24/01/2018 at 08:45 - January 2018

Manufacturing industry

In Q4 2010, global demand as export demand addressed to business leaders increased significantly: the corresponding balance stood well above its pre-crisis levels. The demand outlook, particularly global, decline slightly but remains above its long-term average.

Production capacity was slightly less intensely used in Q4 2010: the proportion of businesses encountering production bottlenecks decrease by three points, but remains significantly above its long-term average.

According to the business leaders, the industrial manpower was stable in Q4 2010: the corresponding balance now stands at its highest level since the crisis began. The industrial manpower would remain stable in the first quarter of 2011.

tableau – Business leaders' opinion : Demand and production factors

Balance of opinion, s.a, in %
Business leaders' opinion : Demand and production factors
Manufacturing industry MOY* Apr. 10 Jul. 10 Oct. 10 Jan. 11
Total demand
Recent changes 1 9 21 14 28
Expected change 1 4 –2 10 7
Export demand
Recent changes 3 4 19 23 29
Expected change 4 –4 3 17 18
Production factors
Share of firms producing at full capacity (in%) 22 22 22 29 26
Opinion on production capacity 15 16 15 21 19
Productive capacity utilization rate (in %) 85 78 77 79 79
Difficulties of supply and demand
Difficulties of supply and demand 6 8 9 10 9
Difficulties of supply 20 16 22 17 19
Difficulties of demand 43 52 45 47 35
  • * : Long period average.
  • Source : Quarterly business survey - INSEE

Graph1ang – Recent changes in demand

Graph3ang – Workforce in manufacturing industry

Graph4ang – Competitive position