The economic climate is deteriorated in the building industry in August 2012Monthly survey of building - August 2012

According to the business leaders surveyed in August 2012, the situation was almost stable in the building industry: the synthetic indicator of business climate wins one point in August, but remains below its long-term average. The turning-point indicator is again in the unfavorable zone.

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Paru le : 29/08/2012
Prochaine parution le : 26/09/2017 at 08:45 - September 2017

Warning : This publication marks a significant innovation. Now Insee publishes the results of surveys for August.

According to the business leaders surveyed in August 2012, the situation was almost stable in the building industry: the synthetic indicator of business climate wins one point in August, but remains below its long-term average. The turning-point indicator is again in the unfavorable zone.

Tableau1 – Building industry economic outlook

Balances of opinion, in %, SA
Building industry economic outlook
Mean* May. 12 Jun. 12 July. 12 Aug. 12
Business climate 100 97 97 95 96
Past activity –1 –14 –14 –19 –17
Expected activity –4 –15 –15 –18 –20
Gen. business outlook –16 –44
Past employment –2 –9 –8 –14 –10
Expected employment –1 –14 –12 –17 –16
Opinion on order books –19 –32 –38 –36 –36
Order books (in month) 5,2 6,8 6,8 6,8 6,8
Productive capacity utilisation rate 89,1 88 87,2 87,2 87,2
Obstacles to production increase (in %) 34 26 23 26 26
- Because of workforce shortage(in %)** 16,3 8,4 7,3 6,4 6,3
Hiring problems (in %) 60 55
Expected prices –11 –27 –25 –33 –37
Cash-flow position –8 –26
Repayment period 27 41
  • * Mean since september 1993.
  • ** This figure refers to all companies that responded to the survey.

Climate – Business climate synthetic indicator

TurningPoint – Turning-point indicator

  • Lecture : close to 1 (respectively -1), it indicates a favorable climate (respectively unfavorable).

Pcur – Productive capacity utilisation rate

Activity – Activity tendency in the building industry

Workforce – Workforce size tendency in the building industry

OrderBooks – Order books