In February 2012, the business climate in manufacturing industry is stableMonthly business survey (goods-producing industries) - February 2012

According to the business leaders questioned in February 2012, the industrial economic situation is stable compared to January : the synthetic indicator stays at its January’s level.

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Paru le : 20/02/2012
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Manufacturing industry

According to the business leaders questioned in February 2012, the industrial economic situation is stable compared to January : the synthetic indicator stays at its January’s level.

The turning point indicator remains in the unfavorable area .

Business leaders consider that their past activity slowed down. Stocks of finished products are stable. Total and export orders stop degrading but stay comparatively low.

Looking at the personal production outlook, which carries out a light progression, activity in manufacturing industry would remain weak in the next months. The general production outlook, which represents business leaders’ opinion on French industry as a whole, improves slightly but stays below its long-term average.

tableau – Leaders' opinion: manufacturing industrial activity

Balance of opinion, s.a, in %
Leaders' opinion: manufacturing industrial activity
Manufacturing industry Average* Nov. 11 Dec. 11 Jan. 12 Feb. 12
Synthetic index 100 96 94 92 92
Recent changes in output 5 4 –5 –6 –9
Finished-goods inventory level 13 18 15 16 15
Demand and total order levels –17 –17 –26 –28 –26
Demand and export order levels –12 –25 –20 –26 –33
Personal production expectations 5 –5 –1 –5 –2
General production expectations –8 –35 –36 –36 –27
  • * : The average of the balances opinion since 1976.
  • Source : Monthly business survey - INSEE

Graphang1 – Industrial economic climate - Synthetic Index

Graphang2 – Turning-point indicator

Graphang3 – Business leaders' opinion (manufacturing industry)