Demand adressed to business leaders decreased anew in Q3 2012Quarterly business survey (goods-producing industries) - October 2012

In Q3 2012, global demand adressed to business leaders remains very deteriorated and the deterioration of export demand increased. For Q4 2012, the global demand outlook improves but remains negatively oriented. The export demand outlook remains unfavourable: : the corresponding balance is steady and is below its long-term average .

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No 266
Paru le : 26/10/2012
Prochaine parution le : 24/10/2017 at 08:45 - October 2017

Manufacturing industry

In Q3 2012, global demand adressed to business leaders remains very deteriorated and the deterioration of export demand increased. For Q4 2012, the global demand outlook improves but remains negatively oriented. The export demand outlook remains unfavourable: : the corresponding balance is steady and is below its long-term average .

Production capacity was used less in Q3 2012 than in Q2 2012: the proportion of businesses encountering production bottlenecks weakened markedly and are below its long-term average.

According to the business leaders, the industrial manpower decreased in Q3 2012 : the corresponding balance weakened and reached its long-term average. The industrial manpower could go down anew in Q4 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* _201201 Apr. 12 Jul. 12 Oct. 12
Total demand
Recent changes 0 –5 –2 –25 –21
Expected change 1 –4 4 –16 –7
Export demand
Recent changes 3 –3 2 –21 –25
Expected change 4 2 –3 –14 –15
Production factors
Share of firms producing at full capacity (in%) 22 27 28 26 19
Opinion on production capacity 15 19 22 25 26
Productive capacity utilization rate (in %) 85 81 81 80 79
Difficulties of supply and demand
Difficulties of supply and demand 7 9 9 9 9
Difficulties of supply 20 15 14 12 15
Difficulties of demand 43 40 47 46 56
  • * : Long period average.
  • Source : Quarterly business survey - INSEE

Graph1ang – Recent changes in demand

Graph3ang – Workforce in manufacturing industry

Graph4ang – Competitive position