In March 2013, the business climate in manufacturing industryis steadyMonthly business survey (goods-producing industries) - March 2013

According to the business leaders questioned in March 2013, the industrial economic situation remains deteriorated. The synthetic indicator is steady but is very below its long-term average.

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No 64
Paru le : 22/03/2013
Prochaine parution le : 26/09/2017 at 08:45 - September 2017

Manufacturing industry

According to the business leaders questioned in March 2013, the industrial economic situation remains deteriorated. The synthetic indicator is steady but is very below its long-term average.

The turning point indicator remains in the neutral area.

According to the business leaders, their past activity improved but remains weak: the balance of opinion increases but remains very low.

On the other hand, the business leaders consider also that their production outlook deteriorates: the balance of opinion goes down slightly.

While export order books increased slightly, total order books deteriorated; but they remain very below their long-terme average.

The general production outlook, which represents business leaders’ opinion on French industry as a whole, deteriorated; this balance of opinion remains very low.

Stocks of finished products decreased markedly and their level is rated as very below their long-term average.

tableau – Leaders' opinion: manufacturing industrial activity

Balance of opinion, s.a, in %
Leaders' opinion: manufacturing industrial activity
Manufacturing industry Average* Déc. 12 Jan. 13 Feb. 13 March 13
Synthetic index 100 89 87 90 90
Recent changes in output 5 –10 –24 –24 –17
Finished-goods inventory level 13 11 4 9 2
Demand and total order levels –17 –37 –34 –34 –40
Demand and export order levels –13 –37 –41 –28 –24
Personal production expectations 5 –9 –14 4 0
General production expectations –9 –38 –35 –37 –42
  • * : 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)