In Q1 2012, Demand adressed to business leaders increasesQuarterly business survey (goods-producing industries) - April 2012

In Q1 2012, global and export demand adressed to business leaders increased: the corresponding balances go up and are above their long-term average. For Q2 2012, the global demand outlook improves, whereas the export demand outlook deteriorates.

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Paru le : 24/04/2012
Prochaine parution le : 24/01/2018 at 08:45 - January 2018

Manufacturing industry

In Q1 2012, global and export demand adressed to business leaders increased: the corresponding balances go up and are above their long-term average. For Q2 2012, the global demand outlook improves, whereas the export demand outlook deteriorates.

Production capacity was used in Q1 2012 as the same rate in Q4 2011: the proportion of businesses encountering production bottlenecks is still above its long-term average.

According to the business leaders, the industrial manpower stopped to slow down in Q1 2012 : the corresponding balance is steady and remains above its long-term average. The industrial manpower could slightly increase in Q2 2012.

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. 11 Oct. 11 Jan. 12 April 12
Total demand
Recent changes 1 16 1 –8 3
Expected change 1 7 –6 –5 4
Export demand
Recent changes 3 16 –1 –8 8
Expected change 4 14 –4 5 –6
Production factors
Share of firms producing at full capacity (in%) 22 25 33 26 26
Opinion on production capacity 14 5 9 17 26
Productive capacity utilization rate (in %) 85 83 83 81 81
Difficulties of supply and demand
Difficulties of supply and demand 7 8 11 9 9
Difficulties of supply 20 29 26 14 14
Difficulties of demand 42 30 32 40 45
  • * : Long period average.
  • Source : Quarterly business survey - INSEE

Graph1ang – Recent changes in demand

Graph3ang – Workforce in manufacturing industry

Graph4ang – Competitive position