In Q1 2011, Demand adressed to business leaders still considered dynamicQuarterly business survey (goods-producing industries) - April 2011

In Q1 2011, global demand as export demand adressed to business leaders remained dynamic: the corresponding balance, although edging down, stays above its long-term average. The global demand outlook remains stable, while export demand outlook declines slightly. They both remain however above their long-term average.

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Paru le : 22/04/2011
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Manufacturing industry

In Q1 2011, global demand as export demand adressed to business leaders remained dynamic: the corresponding balance, although edging down, stays above its long-term average. The global demand outlook remains stable, while export demand outlook declines slightly. They both remain however above their long-term average.

Production capacity was used in Q1 2011 as the same rate in Q4 2010: the proportion of businesses encountering production bottlenecks stabilizes above its long-term average.

According to the business leaders the industrial manpower has continued to increase in Q1 2011 : the corresponding balance stands at its highest level for three years. The industrial manpower could increase again in Q2 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* Jul. 10 Oct. 10 Jan. 11 Apr. 11
Total demand
Recent changes 1 21 14 29 21
Expected change 1 –2 10 7 7
Export demand
Recent changes 3 19 23 26 36
Expected change 5 3 17 23 16
Production factors
Share of firms producing at full capacity (in%) 22 22 29 28 28
Opinion on production capacity 14 15 21 17 7
Productive capacity utilization rate (in %) 85 77 79 80 81
Difficulties of supply and demand
Difficulties of supply and demand 6 9 10 8 9
Difficulties of supply 20 22 17 22 25
Difficulties of demand 43 45 47 33 29
  • * : Long period average.
  • Source : Quarterly business survey - INSEE

Graph1ang – Recent changes in demand

Graph3ang – Workforce in manufacturing industry

Graph4ang – Competitive position