Demand adressed to business leaders decreases in Q4 2012Quarterly business survey (goods-producing industries) - January 2013

In Q4 2013, the deterioration of the global and export demand adressed to business leaders intensified. For Q1 2013, the global and export demand outlook remains negatively oriented: the corresponding balances are steady but are below their long-term average .

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

Manufacturing industry

In Q4 2013, the deterioration of the global and export demand adressed to business leaders intensified. For Q1 2013, the global and export demand outlook remains negatively oriented: the corresponding balances are steady but are below their long-term average .

Production capacity was used so in Q1 2013 than in Q42012. The proportion of businesses encountering production bottlenecks increased and are above its long-term average.

According to the business leaders, the industrial manpower in Q4 2012 is considered as normal : the corresponding balance went up and is slightly above its long-term average. The industrial manpower could stabilize anew in Q1 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* April 12 July 12 Oct. 12 Jan. 13
Total demand
Recent changes 0 –2 –25 –22 –27
Expected change 1 4 –16 –7 –8
Export demand
Recent changes 3 2 –21 –25 –29
Expected change 4 –3 –14 –16 –17
Production factors
Share of firms producing at full capacity (in%) 22 28 26 19 27
Opinion on production capacity 15 22 25 26 25
Productive capacity utilization rate (in %) 85 81 80 79 79
Difficulties of supply and demand
Difficulties of supply and demand 7 9 9 9 9
Difficulties of supply 21 14 12 17 15
Difficulties of demand 42 47 46 56 58
  • * : Long period average.
  • Source : Quarterly business survey - INSEE

Graph1ang – Recent changes in demand

Graph3ang – Workforce in manufacturing industry

Graph4ang – Competitive position