Fall of demand adressed to business leaders in Q1 2013Quarterly business survey (goods-producing industries) - April 2013

In Q1 2013, while global demand deteriorated, export demand adressed to business leaders improved slightly : the corresponding balances are very below their long-term average. For Q2 2013, the global and export demand outlook are better oriented.

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Paru le : 23/04/2013
Prochaine parution le : 24/01/2018 at 08:45 - January 2018

Manufacturing industry

In Q1 2013, while global demand deteriorated, export demand adressed to business leaders improved slightly : the corresponding balances are very below their long-term average. For Q2 2013, the global and export demand outlook are better oriented.

Production capacity was used in Q1 2013 as the same rate in Q4 2012: the proportion of businesses encountering production bottlenecks is steady but remains above its long-term average.

According to the business leaders, the industrial manpower slowed down in Q1 2013 : the corresponding balance weakened but is very near its long-term average. The industrial manpower could slow down anew in Q2 2013.

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. 12 Oct. 12 Jan. 13 April 13
Total demand
Recent changes 0 –16 –14 –18 –22
Expected change 1 –10 –7 –7 –5
Export demand
Recent changes 3 –5 –8 –19 –15
Expected change 4 –7 –6 –8 2
Production factors
Share of firms producing at full capacity (in%) 22 25 21 25 25
Opinion on production capacity 14 18 17 17 23
Productive capacity utilization rate (in %) 85 81 80 81 81
Difficulties of supply and demand
Difficulties of supply and demand 8 12 11 11 12
Difficulties of supply 20 14 14 20 18
Difficulties of demand 44 43 50 52 47
  • * : Long period average.
  • Source : Quarterly business survey - INSEE

Graph1ang – Recent changes in demand

Graph3ang – Workforce in manufacturing industry

Graph4ang – Competitive position