In May 2013, the business climate in manufacturing industryimprovesMonthly business survey (goods-producing industries) - May 2013

According to the business leaders questioned in May 2013, the industrial economic situation improves. The synthetic indicator increases by four points but remains below its long-term average.

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No 116
Paru le : 24/05/2013
Prochaine parution le : 26/09/2017 at 08:45 - September 2017

Manufacturing industry

According to the business leaders questioned in May 2013, the industrial economic situation improves. The synthetic indicator increases by four points but remains below its long-term average.

The turning point indicator is in the neutral area.

According to the business leaders, their past activity improved markedly; the balance of opinion goes up strongly but remains below their long-terme average .

On the other hand, the balance of opinion about the production outlook of business leaders is steady and remains below its long-term average.

While export order books decreased, total order books are considered as nearly steady. The corresponding balances of opinion are very below their long-terme average.

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

Stocks of finished products are nearly steady and their level is rated as normal.

tableau – Leaders' opinion: manufacturing industrial activity

Balance of opinion, s.a, in %
Leaders' opinion: manufacturing industrial activity
Manufacturing industry Average* Feb. 13 March 13 April 13 May 13
Synthetic index 100 92 91 88 92
Recent changes in output 5 –15 –13 –17 –4
Finished-goods inventory level 13 10 6 10 11
Demand and total order levels –18 –32 –34 –40 –33
Demand and export order levels –13 –30 –25 –26 –29
Personal production expectations 5 5 1 –2 –2
General production expectations –9 –34 –45 –49 –47
  • * : 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)