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Informations Rapides · 22 February 2024 · n° 41
Informations rapidesIn February 2024, the business climate in the building construction is stable Monthly survey of building - February 2024

According to the business managers surveyed in February 2024, the business climate in building construction is stable. At 103, the synthetic indicator has maintained slightly above its long term average (100). If the business managers’ opinion remains almost unchanged regarding either their workforce size and their activity, the balance of opinion on the expected prices has dropped.

Informations rapides
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Paru le :Paru le22/02/2024
Prochaine parution le : 25/04/2024 at 08:45 - April 2024

According to the business managers surveyed in February 2024, the business climate in building construction is stable. At 103, the synthetic indicator has maintained slightly above its long term average (100). If the business managers’ opinion remains almost unchanged regarding either their workforce size and their activity, the balance of opinion on the expected prices has dropped.

Business climate composite indicator

Business climate composite indicator
Business climate composite indicator
2024-02 102.6
2024-01 102.8
2023-12 101.5
2023-11 102.5
2023-10 103.4
2023-09 105.2
2023-08 105.7
2023-07 105.0
2023-06 105.8
2023-05 106.5
2023-04 108.2
2023-03 108.1
2023-02 108.8
2023-01 109.9
2022-12 109.8
2022-11 109.1
2022-10 110.3
2022-09 109.4
2022-08 109.9
2022-07 109.5
2022-06 109.5
2022-05 109.6
2022-04 111.1
2022-03 111.2
2022-02 110.8
2022-01 109.7
2021-12 112.1
2021-11 111.0
2021-10 110.2
2021-09 111.5
2021-08 111.4
2021-07 111.2
2021-06 111.1
2021-05 109.8
2021-04 108.1
2021-03 106.7
2021-02 103.2
2021-01 103.9
2020-12 102.0
2020-11 100.5
2020-10 105.5
2020-09 103.8
2020-08 102.4
2020-07 96.8
2020-06 89.4
2020-05 78.5
2020-04 80.8
2020-03 109.4
2020-02 110.6
2020-01 109.2
2019-12 108.6
2019-11 109.3
2019-10 110.6
2019-09 110.1
2019-08 109.2
2019-07 109.3
2019-06 109.3
2019-05 109.1
2019-04 109.6
2019-03 109.9
2019-02 110.4
2019-01 109.0
2018-12 108.6
2018-11 107.9
2018-10 107.6
2018-09 107.9
2018-08 108.3
2018-07 108.6
2018-06 108.2
2018-05 108.7
2018-04 109.5
2018-03 109.8
2018-02 108.9
2018-01 110.2
2017-12 110.0
2017-11 108.1
2017-10 106.6
2017-09 107.1
2017-08 106.9
2017-07 107.2
2017-06 106.2
2017-05 104.3
2017-04 102.6
2017-03 102.7
2017-02 102.0
2017-01 103.0
2016-12 101.0
2016-11 102.2
2016-10 102.8
2016-09 100.9
2016-08 99.7
2016-07 99.3
2016-06 99.1
2016-05 99.3
2016-04 97.5
2016-03 96.2
2016-02 94.6
2016-01 96.3
2015-12 96.5
2015-11 93.6
2015-10 94.5
2015-09 94.7
2015-08 95.2
2015-07 92.8
2015-06 92.9
2015-05 90.6
2015-04 91.2
2015-03 90.1
2015-02 89.8
2015-01 88.8
2014-12 90.2
2014-11 90.7
2014-10 88.2
2014-09 88.3
2014-08 89.8
2014-07 91.4
2014-06 93.4
2014-05 93.2
2014-04 93.0
2014-03 93.9
2014-02 93.2
2014-01 93.8
2013-12 93.4
2013-11 95.3
2013-10 96.1
2013-09 96.3
2013-08 94.1
2013-07 92.1
2013-06 91.0
2013-05 91.4
2013-04 91.1
2013-03 91.5
2013-02 92.4
2013-01 92.4
2012-12 92.9
2012-11 92.4
2012-10 92.7
2012-09 94.1
2012-08 94.5
2012-07 95.1
2012-06 96.5
2012-05 96.2
2012-04 98.0
2012-03 98.9
2012-02 99.4
2012-01 100.2
2011-12 99.1
2011-11 99.3
2011-10 100.9
2011-09 102.1
2011-08 104.1
2011-07 106.6
2011-06 105.9
2011-05 105.6
2011-04 106.3
2011-03 104.4
2011-02 103.3
2011-01 101.2
2010-12 100.9
2010-11 99.8
2010-10 98.5
2010-09 96.8
2010-08 97.2
2010-07 96.4
2010-06 94.5
2010-05 93.9
2010-04 92.8
2010-03 92.7
2010-02 93.2
2010-01 92.4
2009-12 92.1
2009-11 92.0
2009-10 92.2
2009-09 90.8
2009-08 89.7
2009-07 88.0
2009-06 87.7
2009-05 88.3
2009-04 87.7
2009-03 88.4
2009-02 86.9
2009-01 90.4
2008-12 91.7
2008-11 93.1
2008-10 94.9
2008-09 102.4
2008-08 104.2
2008-07 104.4
2008-06 105.9
2008-05 109.6
2008-04 111.4
2008-03 112.9
2008-02 112.2
2008-01 111.7
2007-12 113.6
2007-11 113.7
2007-10 113.5
2007-09 114.4
2007-08 114.3
2007-07 115.6
2007-06 115.9
2007-05 115.0
2007-04 115.1
2007-03 114.4
2007-02 114.2
2007-01 115.2
2006-12 115.0
2006-11 115.1
2006-10 115.4
2006-09 114.7
2006-08 113.8
2006-07 113.6
2006-06 113.1
2006-05 113.3
2006-04 112.4
2006-03 112.4
2006-02 112.5
2006-01 113.8
2005-12 113.4
2005-11 114.0
2005-10 112.3
2005-09 110.7
2005-08 110.8
2005-07 111.3
2005-06 110.7
2005-05 109.4
2005-04 109.7
2005-03 109.2
2005-02 108.8
2005-01 109.2
2004-12 109.7
2004-11 109.7
2004-10 108.5
2004-09 108.4
2004-08 107.9
2004-07 107.7
2004-06 105.5
2004-05 106.2
2004-04 106.9
2004-03 106.2
2004-02 105.2
2004-01 107.4
2003-12 103.9
2003-11 102.3
2003-10 99.8
2003-09 101.7
2003-08 99.3
2003-07 97.1
2003-06 96.6
2003-05 96.3
2003-04 95.7
2003-03 94.6
2003-02 96.0
2003-01 96.0
2002-12 95.2
2002-11 95.6
2002-10 98.3
2002-09 98.0
2002-08 99.1
2002-07 100.4
2002-06 103.9
2002-05 103.9
2002-04 101.1
2002-03 103.8
2002-02 103.4
2002-01 102.4
2001-12 102.5
2001-11 102.8
2001-10 103.5
2001-09 104.1
2001-08 105.6
2001-07 107.2
2001-06 108.0
2001-05 110.0
2001-04 110.3
2001-03 113.5
2001-02 114.6
2001-01 114.2
2000-12 117.7
2000-11 120.6
2000-10 122.1
2000-09 121.6
2000-08 121.2
2000-07 120.8
2000-06 119.7
2000-05 117.7
2000-04 120.7
2000-03 118.6
2000-02 117.5
2000-01 119.2
1999-12 118.2
1999-11 114.7
1999-10 113.7
1999-09 113.6
1999-08 113.5
1999-07 113.2
1999-06 111.2
1999-05 112.5
1999-04 108.6
1999-03 106.8
1999-02 106.5
1999-01 105.3
1998-12 100.6
1998-11 105.3
1998-10 105.8
1998-09 108.3
1998-08 107.7
1998-07 107.1
1998-06 105.6
1998-05 104.0
1998-04 101.7
1998-03 102.8
1998-02 100.5
1998-01 99.6

Business climate composite indicator

  • Source: INSEE

Building industry economic outlook

Balances of opinion, in %, SA
Building industry economic outlook (Balances of opinion, in %, SA)
Average* November 23 December 23 January 24 February 24
Composite indicator 100 102 101 103 103
Past activity -3 -5 -6 -7 -8
Expected activity -4 -5 -9 -3 -2
General business outlook -15 -20
Past employment -4 -2 -2 -1 -3
Expected employment -2 2 2 4 4
Opinion on order books -21 -20 -21 -18 -18
Order books (in month) 6.1 8.3 8.1 8.1 8.3
Production capacity utilisation rate (in %) 89.0 90.8 90.9 90.5 90.9
Obstacles to production increase (in %) ** 65 64 63 64 61
- Because of workforce shortage (in %) ** 29 38 37 37 35
- Because of supply difficulties (in %) ** 6 5 4 5 3
Production bottlenecks (in %) 34 45 46 42 42
- Because of workforce shortage (in %) 15 22 21 20 20
- Because of supply difficulties (in %) 3 3 3 4 6
Recruiting problems (in %) 61 79
Expected prices -9 9 11 12 7
Cash-flow position -10 -7
Payment period 29 31
Economic uncertainty felt *** 9 12 12 6 10
  • *Average since April 1978 for the composite indicator, since September 1993 for the balances of opinion, since April 2021 for the balances of opinion on the economic uncertainty felt.
  • ** Non-seasonally adjusted percentage of weighted responses
  • *** Non-seasonally adjusted balance of opinion
  • Source: INSEE, French business survey in the building industry

The opinion on the activity remains rather unchanged

In February 2024, building construction managers’ opinion regarding both their past and expected activity has remained rather unchanged. The corresponding balances of opinion are virtually stable.

Activity tendency in building construction

Activity tendency in building construction
Expected activity Past activity
2024-02 -2.4 -7.6
2024-01 -3.4 -6.7
2023-12 -9.4 -5.9
2023-11 -5.0 -4.8
2023-10 -5.5 -3.4
2023-09 -1.0 0.9
2023-08 2.2 1.7
2023-07 -1.8 -0.1
2023-06 1.0 1.2
2023-05 -0.1 5.7
2023-04 3.3 7.4
2023-03 2.0 6.7
2023-02 6.5 4.8
2023-01 8.0 7.1
2022-12 7.3 7.4
2022-11 5.7 4.5
2022-10 7.3 7.6
2022-09 6.4 5.1
2022-08 6.9 5.6
2022-07 4.9 6.4
2022-06 4.8 7.6
2022-05 8.1 2.7
2022-04 6.8 11.9
2022-03 10.7 11.2
2022-02 11.9 8.8
2022-01 9.2 4.4
2021-12 17.1 10.0
2021-11 12.2 10.4
2021-10 12.1 7.5
2021-09 15.2 12.1
2021-08 12.8 13.1
2021-07 11.4 14.2
2021-06 11.4 14.4
2021-05 13.5 6.9
2021-04 8.0 6.4
2021-03 7.2 1.8
2021-02 -2.0 -2.1
2021-01 0.6 -1.5
2020-12 -7.0 -2.3
2020-11 -15.8 0.6
2020-10 1.8 8.3
2020-09 3.9 -3.4
2020-08 13.9 -20.6
2020-07 19.4 -60.5
2020-06 3.5 -79.9
2020-05 -47.5 -76.6
2020-04 -83.8 -22.9
2020-03 6.6 17.1
2020-02 14.2 12.3
2020-01 10.0 9.7
2019-12 9.1 8.8
2019-11 9.2 11.9
2019-10 15.9 13.1
2019-09 12.4 13.3
2019-08 12.1 10.2
2019-07 11.5 12.3
2019-06 14.5 8.9
2019-05 12.7 7.6
2019-04 12.8 10.4
2019-03 14.0 11.0
2019-02 14.7 10.3
2019-01 15.1 7.7
2018-12 11.2 6.5
2018-11 10.6 3.9
2018-10 9.6 4.0
2018-09 9.5 3.1
2018-08 5.6 9.3
2018-07 7.4 7.6
2018-06 12.1 4.7
2018-05 12.9 7.1
2018-04 13.5 9.9
2018-03 11.6 12.7
2018-02 10.8 14.0
2018-01 13.2 14.8
2017-12 14.1 12.7
2017-11 13.9 9.7
2017-10 7.9 5.5
2017-09 9.1 9.1
2017-08 14.5 2.3
2017-07 11.5 4.9
2017-06 3.4 10.9
2017-05 2.1 5.0
2017-04 5.9 -7.1
2017-03 2.6 -1.9
2017-02 -0.5 -1.0
2017-01 -2.8 5.6
2016-12 -0.8 -5.5
2016-11 1.6 0.6
2016-10 3.7 -0.4
2016-09 0.5 -6.1
2016-08 -3.3 -6.7
2016-07 -0.2 -9.8
2016-06 -2.7 -8.6
2016-05 -2.1 -8.1
2016-04 -5.1 -13.6
2016-03 -9.3 -14.1
2016-02 -16.1 -15.2
2016-01 -8.2 -14.6
2015-12 -8.0 -11.7
2015-11 -20.7 -15.3
2015-10 -15.2 -14.5
2015-09 -13.3 -16.9
2015-08 -8.8 -18.1
2015-07 -16.4 -22.2
2015-06 -20.4 -19.9
2015-05 -26.4 -21.7
2015-04 -24.0 -20.8
2015-03 -24.4 -27.6
2015-02 -23.7 -30.3
2015-01 -32.7 -23.0
2014-12 -27.9 -23.1
2014-11 -24.7 -25.3
2014-10 -29.9 -31.8
2014-09 -30.0 -29.7
2014-08 -27.4 -25.0
2014-07 -28.1 -18.2
2014-06 -17.6 -18.2
2014-05 -19.6 -19.0
2014-04 -22.4 -17.5
2014-03 -18.7 -17.3
2014-02 -20.7 -17.4
2014-01 -15.6 -20.7
2013-12 -18.6 -20.2
2013-11 -16.4 -13.0
2013-10 -15.5 -13.3
2013-09 -12.4 -13.2
2013-08 -19.7 -16.7
2013-07 -22.4 -22.2
2013-06 -24.0 -26.5
2013-05 -21.4 -26.7
2013-04 -24.6 -28.1
2013-03 -24.4 -23.9
2013-02 -22.1 -23.3
2013-01 -24.3 -21.6
2012-12 -21.9 -20.5
2012-11 -24.5 -21.2
2012-10 -25.9 -18.3
2012-09 -20.3 -15.0
2012-08 -19.3 -15.2
2012-07 -16.8 -15.0
2012-06 -14.0 -13.5
2012-05 -14.8 -13.4
2012-04 -12.0 -8.6
2012-03 -10.7 -5.6
2012-02 -12.5 -3.8
2012-01 -10.6 -1.6
2011-12 -11.6 -4.4
2011-11 -9.8 -4.3
2011-10 -4.7 -2.2
2011-09 -4.3 -0.7
2011-08 0.8 1.5
2011-07 5.0 8.2
2011-06 4.4 6.3
2011-05 2.0 6.1
2011-04 4.9 8.3
2011-03 2.8 1.6
2011-02 3.0 -3.8
2011-01 -1.0 -8.5
2010-12 -0.9 -7.8
2010-11 -0.5 -12.8
2010-10 -4.2 -13.1
2010-09 -12.7 -13.2
2010-08 -10.3 -12.7
2010-07 -11.4 -14.0
2010-06 -15.2 -17.5
2010-05 -17.6 -20.7
2010-04 -18.1 -25.4
2010-03 -18.2 -26.2
2010-02 -18.6 -23.7
2010-01 -20.1 -26.6
2009-12 -20.1 -26.5
2009-11 -20.4 -26.2
2009-10 -21.1 -24.9
2009-09 -24.5 -28.3
2009-08 -26.5 -31.2
2009-07 -31.4 -33.3
2009-06 -33.5 -33.1
2009-05 -34.2 -29.2
2009-04 -36.7 -30.1
2009-03 -36.9 -24.3
2009-02 -47.1 -25.8
2009-01 -35.2 -19.5
2008-12 -30.7 -21.0
2008-11 -36.1 -11.4
2008-10 -33.0 -10.7
2008-09 -9.3 -0.9
2008-08 -4.5 0.3
2008-07 -5.2 -0.3
2008-06 -4.1 4.9
2008-05 9.8 9.6
2008-04 9.2 16.2
2008-03 17.4 15.7
2008-02 14.9 18.0
2008-01 7.3 18.7
2007-12 16.6 19.2
2007-11 13.6 21.4
2007-10 16.2 19.5
2007-09 19.6 20.6
2007-08 18.4 20.7
2007-07 19.7 25.0
2007-06 21.1 24.9
2007-05 20.3 22.3
2007-04 20.1 24.1
2007-03 17.7 22.6
2007-02 18.5 19.9
2007-01 21.0 20.1
2006-12 20.3 22.0
2006-11 23.4 20.5
2006-10 21.3 22.9
2006-09 19.1 22.6
2006-08 17.5 20.6
2006-07 17.3 21.2
2006-06 14.3 21.4
2006-05 17.1 21.0
2006-04 15.6 20.1
2006-03 16.1 17.6
2006-02 19.9 13.5
2006-01 19.8 20.4
2005-12 19.7 20.2
2005-11 23.0 19.2
2005-10 18.5 18.1
2005-09 13.5 15.4
2005-08 14.1 14.6
2005-07 15.0 15.3
2005-06 16.4 12.6
2005-05 12.7 9.2
2005-04 13.3 9.8
2005-03 13.0 8.4
2005-02 8.9 11.6
2005-01 11.2 11.1

Activity tendency in building construction

  • Source: INSEE

Regarding the maintenance and improvement sector, the balance of opinion on the expected activity over the next three months has slightly dipped but remains above its long term average. In new dwellings, the balance of opinion has increased slightly while remaining well below its own.

Expected activity in new dwelling and in maintenance and improvement

Expected activity in new dwelling and in maintenance and improvement
New dwelling Maintenance and improvement
2024-02 -31.3 16.0
2024-01 -35.3 18.6
2023-12 -32.0 9.2
2023-11 -29.1 5.1
2023-10 -35.1 9.2
2023-09 -24.6 12.6
2023-08 -20.5 11.9
2023-07 -27.9 7.6
2023-06 -13.7 8.7
2023-05 -23.5 6.5
2023-04 -19.3 15.9
2023-03 -12.2 11.1
2023-02 -12.1 17.5
2023-01 -11.4 23.7
2022-12 -10.3 18.3
2022-11 -10.3 10.8
2022-10 -9.2 16.4
2022-09 -6.5 13.7
2022-08 -3.3 16.2
2022-07 -11.2 12.9
2022-06 -5.4 7.0
2022-05 -1.4 16.6
2022-04 -4.9 25.0
2022-03 6.4 15.8
2022-02 7.4 17.2
2022-01 5.9 9.1
2021-12 13.5 18.7
2021-11 8.7 19.8
2021-10 1.2 17.4
2021-09 10.9 20.6
2021-08 6.6 16.9
2021-07 9.4 15.5
2021-06 2.7 19.1
2021-05 8.5 22.8
2021-04 2.7 16.6
2021-03 5.5 16.2
2021-02 -6.4 7.4
2021-01 2.8 1.1
2020-12 0.7 3.4
2020-11 -16.1 -16.9
2020-10 6.5 3.7
2020-09 2.1 -2.9
2020-08 4.3 43.3
2020-07 9.9 62.5
2020-06 0.9 25.8
2020-05 -45.1 -11.7
2020-04 -87.9 -54.5
2020-03 -5.8 15.0
2020-02 0.6 12.1
2020-01 4.0 8.4
2019-12 4.5 9.6
2019-11 5.7 10.6
2019-10 13.5 11.0
2019-09 4.1 13.2
2019-08 1.6 12.5
2019-07 0.7 13.3
2019-06 3.2 17.8
2019-05 2.0 15.4
2019-04 0.4 12.7
2019-03 0.7 14.2
2019-02 1.4 15.6
2019-01 2.8 13.3
2018-12 4.5 10.3
2018-11 4.9 11.5
2018-10 -1.4 13.9
2018-09 -2.9 11.3
2018-08 -1.9 11.2
2018-07 2.9 13.5
2018-06 5.6 12.6
2018-05 4.1 11.9
2018-04 9.8 10.0
2018-03 10.0 10.1
2018-02 9.9 10.7
2018-01 9.1 14.5
2017-12 6.5 15.4
2017-11 5.8 13.6
2017-10 7.2 8.1
2017-09 7.5 14.8
2017-08 11.6 11.7
2017-07 13.4 8.2
2017-06 9.8 -1.2
2017-05 11.8 2.1
2017-04 10.5 6.4
2017-03 3.3 10.9
2017-02 6.3 1.5
2017-01 2.6 1.2
2016-12 0.9 1.8
2016-11 -1.3 3.2
2016-10 2.0 7.6
2016-09 3.5 0.6
2016-08 0.3 0.8
2016-07 -2.9 4.2
2016-06 -11.5 0.8
2016-05 -5.0 2.4
2016-04 -8.3 0.1
2016-03 -10.4 -1.3
2016-02 -11.8 -4.1
2016-01 -11.5 -5.2
2015-12 -14.6 -3.3
2015-11 -12.9 -8.3
2015-10 -7.5 -8.9
2015-09 -16.1 -10.7
2015-08 -18.4 1.4
2015-07 -23.3 -15.1
2015-06 -20.8 -13.4
2015-05 -27.7 -18.0
2015-04 -27.4 -15.7
2015-03 -27.9 -18.5
2015-02 -42.6 -14.9
2015-01 -39.7 -19.1
2014-12 -32.5 -17.8
2014-11 -27.4 -18.1
2014-10 -36.8 -19.5
2014-09 -37.4 -19.5
2014-08 -37.1 -17.9
2014-07 -33.7 -16.3
2014-06 -36.1 -15.5
2014-05 -31.1 -11.7
2014-04 -32.2 -16.3
2014-03 -27.0 -10.2
2014-02 -28.1 -13.9
2014-01 -26.6 -9.1
2013-12 -26.4 -14.0
2013-11 -22.2 -11.8
2013-10 -24.7 -5.6
2013-09 -24.9 -10.8
2013-08 -29.8 -19.2
2013-07 -32.0 -16.5
2013-06 -29.2 -18.7
2013-05 -32.0 -15.6
2013-04 -33.7 -13.8
2013-03 -33.6 -14.2
2013-02 -33.1 -16.3
2013-01 -32.8 -14.8
2012-12 -34.4 -12.0
2012-11 -37.2 -10.6
2012-10 -38.0 -14.1
2012-09 -33.2 -7.3
2012-08 -32.0 -4.9
2012-07 -31.9 -4.0
2012-06 -28.2 -3.2
2012-05 -38.6 -10.0
2012-04 -31.8 -6.1
2012-03 -29.2 -7.8
2012-02 -19.1 -6.6
2012-01 -16.5 -7.4
2011-12 -15.8 -7.2
2011-11 -15.3 -2.6
2011-10 -6.7 4.7
2011-09 -6.7 -2.7
2011-08 0.4 -2.2
2011-07 5.4 0.6
2011-06 2.7 2.8
2011-05 3.9 3.1
2011-04 13.5 1.8
2011-03 9.1 2.6
2011-02 7.9 8.3
2011-01 5.2 3.3
2010-12 14.2 -2.5
2010-11 2.4 -1.8
2010-10 -0.5 -3.1
2010-09 -4.8 -20.7
2010-08 -17.4 -1.8
2010-07 -11.0 -4.9
2010-06 -12.6 -7.0
2010-05 -13.5 -5.1
2010-04 -14.1 -6.5
2010-03 -17.8 -7.4
2010-02 -19.7 -6.4
2010-01 -19.5 -8.8
2009-12 -18.6 -8.4
2009-11 -20.3 -10.9
2009-10 -27.1 -9.2
2009-09 -31.6 -11.7
2009-08 -36.8 -15.2
2009-07 -39.0 -17.6
2009-06 -44.0 -18.0
2009-05 -39.0 -21.8
2009-04 -43.3 -19.6
2009-03 -48.6 -20.7
2009-02 -65.5 -29.1
2009-01 -53.9 -13.1
2008-12 -51.8 -13.3
2008-11 -44.4 -10.9
2008-10 -48.3 -7.3
2008-09 -27.0 -2.6
2008-08 -25.5 0.6
2008-07 -23.5 2.0
2008-06 -20.1 4.5
2008-05 -9.1 7.2
2008-04 -9.7 10.5
2008-03 -0.3 25.8
2008-02 1.0 17.9
2008-01 -1.1 12.2
2007-12 4.2 18.5
2007-11 3.5 14.2
2007-10 8.7 15.4
2007-09 9.4 14.3
2007-08 8.5 15.4
2007-07 9.5 17.4
2007-06 13.0 18.6
2007-05 8.1 20.6
2007-04 8.7 19.2
2007-03 9.6 14.5
2007-02 13.4 15.5
2007-01 17.4 19.9
2006-12 9.8 14.2
2006-11 15.2 14.1
2006-10 14.9 15.1
2006-09 14.1 12.3
2006-08 16.5 13.1
2006-07 20.1 14.2
2006-06 15.7 12.6
2006-05 13.4 13.7
2006-04 13.4 10.5
2006-03 20.1 12.4
2006-02 19.0 13.0
2006-01 22.4 11.7
2005-12 26.1 13.2
2005-11 25.8 14.2
2005-10 13.9 11.5
2005-09 14.0 9.5
2005-08 13.3 8.0
2005-07 13.2 6.8
2005-06 21.1 12.3
2005-05 17.1 6.6
2005-04 18.8 6.0
2005-03 16.1 5.7
2005-02 14.7 7.9
2005-01 11.9 9.1

Expected activity in new dwelling and in maintenance and improvement

  • Source: INSEE

Slightly more business managers than in the previous month have considered the evolution of their company situation to be unpredictable: the corresponding balance of opinion has bounced back.

The demand is considered to be stable

In February 2024, the balance of opinion regarding the level of the order books of building construction managers is stable, slightly above its long term average.

Given their staff size, building contractors have estimated that their order books provide them with 8.3 months of work, a slightly increasing duration that remains well above its long term average.

The production capacity utilisation rate has increased slightly

In February 2024, the production capacity utilisation rate has risen: at 90.9%, it remains above its long term average (89.0%).

42% of companies have reported to be at the limit of their production capacity (production bottlenecks), that is to say that they could not produce more with their current means if they were to receive more orders. This share is stable, clearly above its long term average (34%). 20% of business managers considered themselves unable to increase their production in case of additional orders due to workforce shortage and 6% due to supply difficulties.

Less business managers than in the previous month have reported facing obstacles limiting their production. At 61%, this share stands below its long term average. The proportion of business managers who declared facing a workforce shortage has diminished slightly (35%) but remains well above its long term average. The proportion of those reporting supply difficulties has moved back to a very low level (3%).

The balance of opinion on expected prices has diminished sharply

After two consecutive months of a moderate rise, the balance of opinion on expected prices over the next three months has gone back sharply. It stands nonetheless at a really high level, significantly above its long term average.

Expected prices in building industry

Expected prices in building industry
Expected prices
2024-02 7.0
2024-01 12.4
2023-12 10.9
2023-11 9.0
2023-10 12.6
2023-09 14.6
2023-08 15.5
2023-07 16.9
2023-06 21.4
2023-05 26.1
2023-04 38.4
2023-03 40.2
2023-02 45.8
2023-01 54.0
2022-12 53.0
2022-11 55.4
2022-10 56.8
2022-09 52.6
2022-08 50.4
2022-07 53.8
2022-06 57.6
2022-05 60.1
2022-04 58.2
2022-03 43.2
2022-02 39.3
2022-01 44.3
2021-12 37.7
2021-11 35.1
2021-10 31.4
2021-09 25.4
2021-08 27.4
2021-07 26.4
2021-06 17.8
2021-05 10.4
2021-04 4.4
2021-03 -3.1
2021-02 -10.9
2021-01 -9.1
2020-12 -17.7
2020-11 -15.2
2020-10 -12.5
2020-09 -12.8
2020-08 -12.0
2020-07 -8.1
2020-06 -9.5
2020-05 -10.7
2020-04 -16.7
2020-03 2.0
2020-02 6.4
2020-01 6.6
2019-12 5.4
2019-11 2.4
2019-10 3.3
2019-09 2.5
2019-08 3.6
2019-07 4.2
2019-06 1.4
2019-05 2.9
2019-04 3.7
2019-03 3.3
2019-02 9.6
2019-01 8.6
2018-12 3.6
2018-11 2.4
2018-10 4.2
2018-09 4.6
2018-08 5.5
2018-07 7.5
2018-06 4.2
2018-05 4.6
2018-04 4.9
2018-03 3.7
2018-02 2.6
2018-01 7.8
2017-12 0.6
2017-11 -5.0
2017-10 -3.3
2017-09 -6.3
2017-08 -8.2
2017-07 -6.1
2017-06 -12.7
2017-05 -16.1
2017-04 -13.1
2017-03 -13.1
2017-02 -14.2
2017-01 -12.9
2016-12 -19.0
2016-11 -20.4
2016-10 -19.7
2016-09 -19.1
2016-08 -21.5
2016-07 -23.2
2016-06 -23.0
2016-05 -25.1
2016-04 -25.5
2016-03 -26.6
2016-02 -29.8
2016-01 -28.3
2015-12 -29.6
2015-11 -29.7
2015-10 -32.1
2015-09 -29.5
2015-08 -29.2
2015-07 -31.8
2015-06 -31.9
2015-05 -33.6
2015-04 -34.5
2015-03 -34.4
2015-02 -36.3
2015-01 -35.2
2014-12 -38.3
2014-11 -35.7
2014-10 -34.6
2014-09 -34.4
2014-08 -33.7
2014-07 -34.7
2014-06 -31.1
2014-05 -34.3
2014-04 -33.7
2014-03 -31.3
2014-02 -31.2
2014-01 -29.7
2013-12 -33.1
2013-11 -30.8
2013-10 -29.8
2013-09 -30.9
2013-08 -29.4
2013-07 -39.4
2013-06 -38.3
2013-05 -37.7
2013-04 -38.6
2013-03 -35.2
2013-02 -30.9
2013-01 -30.4
2012-12 -31.8
2012-11 -32.5
2012-10 -31.8
2012-09 -34.0
2012-08 -31.8
2012-07 -28.3
2012-06 -23.9
2012-05 -24.6
2012-04 -23.0
2012-03 -20.9
2012-02 -23.8
2012-01 -22.6
2011-12 -27.6
2011-11 -27.0
2011-10 -22.8
2011-09 -16.6
2011-08 -12.9
2011-07 -10.1
2011-06 -14.1
2011-05 -10.7
2011-04 -12.4
2011-03 -16.6
2011-02 -18.2
2011-01 -17.6
2010-12 -28.9
2010-11 -30.2
2010-10 -32.8
2010-09 -34.8
2010-08 -28.8
2010-07 -31.7
2010-06 -41.9
2010-05 -31.0
2010-04 -38.8
2010-03 -39.1
2010-02 -28.0
2010-01 -34.6
2009-12 -38.5
2009-11 -38.5
2009-10 -34.7
2009-09 -34.3
2009-08 -34.9
2009-07 -41.6
2009-06 -39.0
2009-05 -39.8
2009-04 -36.2
2009-03 -39.3
2009-02 -32.7
2009-01 -33.3
2008-12 -25.3
2008-11 -18.5
2008-10 -10.8
2008-09 2.3
2008-08 8.1
2008-07 12.5
2008-06 16.3
2008-05 15.7
2008-04 14.3
2008-03 16.1
2008-02 18.8
2008-01 29.3
2007-12 25.4
2007-11 18.3
2007-10 18.1
2007-09 15.9
2007-08 18.9
2007-07 21.9
2007-06 15.9
2007-05 15.8
2007-04 19.2
2007-03 15.6
2007-02 17.7
2007-01 24.7

Expected prices in building industry

  • Source : INSEE

Business managers’ opinion on their expected workforce size is stable

In February 2024, business managers have maintained their opinion on the expected evolution of their workforce size. The associated balance of opinion is stable, slightly above its long term average. The one regarding their past workforce has however slightly decreased and now stands just above its long term average.

Workforce size tendency in building construction

Workforce size tendency in building construction
Expected workforce size Past workforce size
2024-02 4.2 -3.4
2024-01 4.5 -1.0
2023-12 2.4 -2.4
2023-11 2.3 -2.1
2023-10 8.5 -3.1
2023-09 9.6 0.9
2023-08 6.7 0.4
2023-07 9.4 2.6
2023-06 8.5 0.2
2023-05 7.8 -3.5
2023-04 10.3 -0.7
2023-03 12.1 2.9
2023-02 12.0 4.0
2023-01 13.1 4.1
2022-12 13.2 5.0
2022-11 13.8 4.7
2022-10 16.7 5.8
2022-09 15.3 0.1
2022-08 18.4 -1.8
2022-07 15.8 0.2
2022-06 12.8 0.5
2022-05 15.9 3.4
2022-04 16.7 7.0
2022-03 16.8 1.0
2022-02 16.6 2.4
2022-01 16.6 3.3
2021-12 17.3 6.2
2021-11 16.8 3.8
2021-10 15.6 3.6
2021-09 16.1 3.6
2021-08 17.0 3.2
2021-07 16.0 4.6
2021-06 17.5 2.0
2021-05 17.2 -2.6
2021-04 14.5 2.3
2021-03 12.6 -0.8
2021-02 5.9 -6.7
2021-01 5.8 -4.0
2020-12 6.7 -3.4
2020-11 2.5 -5.3
2020-10 3.6 -7.9
2020-09 3.2 -7.0
2020-08 1.2 -12.5
2020-07 4.7 -16.9
2020-06 -2.8 -22.0
2020-05 -17.6 -17.8
2020-04 -18.1 0.3
2020-03 11.8 6.9
2020-02 16.1 8.0
2020-01 14.5 6.5
2019-12 12.1 4.4
2019-11 14.3 4.3
2019-10 12.5 5.6
2019-09 13.5 5.3
2019-08 10.6 6.6
2019-07 9.6 4.6
2019-06 10.3 5.2
2019-05 13.2 5.9
2019-04 13.1 3.8
2019-03 12.3 5.9
2019-02 14.8 5.7
2019-01 5.9 1.7
2018-12 13.2 4.9
2018-11 12.6 9.1
2018-10 10.5 4.8
2018-09 14.9 4.9
2018-08 15.0 4.0
2018-07 16.7 4.6
2018-06 10.7 4.3
2018-05 9.6 6.7
2018-04 11.3 3.8
2018-03 13.0 1.0
2018-02 4.2 -4.7
2018-01 8.8 -1.5
2017-12 11.3 6.8
2017-11 0.8 -5.8
2017-10 4.8 -5.2
2017-09 2.0 -6.7
2017-08 2.1 -7.4
2017-07 5.7 -2.2
2017-06 2.7 -6.5
2017-05 -1.3 -8.2
2017-04 -5.2 -15.4
2017-03 -6.5 -11.1
2017-02 -9.0 -13.4
2017-01 -7.2 -14.3
2016-12 -8.3 -15.2
2016-11 -11.2 -14.7
2016-10 -8.3 -17.4
2016-09 -10.5 -18.5
2016-08 -13.2 -20.9
2016-07 -17.2 -21.0
2016-06 -16.4 -23.8
2016-05 -15.9 -24.0
2016-04 -17.9 -23.5
2016-03 -20.4 -27.1
2016-02 -20.8 -25.8
2016-01 -20.3 -24.7
2015-12 -23.3 -27.4
2015-11 -21.3 -28.3
2015-10 -23.2 -26.6
2015-09 -22.1 -24.9
2015-08 -23.2 -25.1
2015-07 -24.7 -28.7
2015-06 -19.9 -26.4
2015-05 -27.3 -29.9
2015-04 -27.3 -34.5
2015-03 -25.3 -26.7
2015-02 -24.5 -24.9
2015-01 -29.4 -29.3
2014-12 -24.3 -25.7
2014-11 -22.5 -24.8
2014-10 -26.0 -28.6
2014-09 -28.1 -28.7
2014-08 -26.9 -26.6
2014-07 -22.1 -25.5
2014-06 -23.4 -26.4
2014-05 -19.2 -15.4
2014-04 -19.3 -22.7
2014-03 -18.5 -18.6
2014-02 -21.1 -19.7
2014-01 -19.5 -19.0
2013-12 -17.7 -16.7
2013-11 -16.7 -18.1
2013-10 -10.4 -13.4
2013-09 -14.8 -18.5
2013-08 -16.0 -19.8
2013-07 -17.9 -18.2
2013-06 -18.2 -18.4
2013-05 -19.0 -16.1
2013-04 -13.5 -14.1
2013-03 -18.0 -17.9
2013-02 -15.9 -17.1
2013-01 -15.6 -14.4
2012-12 -16.2 -13.3
2012-11 -14.9 -10.7
2012-10 -14.7 -10.0
2012-09 -16.7 -15.8
2012-08 -14.7 -11.2
2012-07 -15.3 -11.9
2012-06 -11.3 -7.6
2012-05 -12.6 -8.9
2012-04 -9.3 -8.7
2012-03 -9.1 -6.9
2012-02 -3.9 -5.5
2012-01 -3.7 -4.2
2011-12 -5.3 -6.4
2011-11 -7.4 -8.7
2011-10 -6.2 -2.2
2011-09 -0.8 2.6
2011-08 3.4 3.8
2011-07 7.7 3.3
2011-06 6.8 3.3
2011-05 7.3 -0.3
2011-04 4.9 0.2
2011-03 3.6 -3.1
2011-02 3.1 -5.1
2011-01 -1.3 -4.2
2010-12 -1.7 -4.4
2010-11 -3.8 -7.6
2010-10 -7.8 -11.9
2010-09 -7.7 -11.0
2010-08 -11.3 -12.0
2010-07 -13.4 -10.8
2010-06 -15.4 -15.8
2010-05 -14.6 -14.0
2010-04 -14.0 -16.6
2010-03 -13.1 -16.8
2010-02 -15.8 -17.2
2010-01 -12.8 -18.3
2009-12 -14.5 -18.8
2009-11 -15.3 -18.8
2009-10 -15.9 -19.2
2009-09 -17.1 -19.1
2009-08 -19.0 -19.2
2009-07 -20.3 -20.7
2009-06 -20.1 -17.9
2009-05 -20.2 -17.9
2009-04 -20.9 -18.5
2009-03 -22.4 -12.8
2009-02 -17.9 -8.2
2009-01 -16.9 -8.7
2008-12 -12.5 -2.3
2008-11 -8.7 -0.9
2008-10 -1.4 5.8
2008-09 4.8 5.9
2008-08 9.5 9.3
2008-07 11.9 13.4
2008-06 13.8 13.6
2008-05 15.5 12.9
2008-04 23.1 21.1
2008-03 22.3 23.0
2008-02 15.9 21.4
2008-01 19.9 22.6
2007-12 21.5 21.0
2007-11 26.7 21.7
2007-10 23.1 16.6
2007-09 24.2 22.1
2007-08 24.6 21.8
2007-07 25.4 21.6
2007-06 28.6 23.4
2007-05 25.5 20.2
2007-04 22.9 20.6
2007-03 24.6 20.5
2007-02 25.3 21.4
2007-01 27.0 19.2
2006-12 26.3 18.5
2006-11 23.8 19.8
2006-10 26.1 21.6
2006-09 24.4 21.7
2006-08 22.2 21.1
2006-07 20.3 20.4
2006-06 21.8 17.9
2006-05 20.5 18.2
2006-04 18.2 16.0
2006-03 19.3 13.3
2006-02 20.2 19.9
2006-01 18.4 18.9
2005-12 17.0 12.7
2005-11 19.5 11.4
2005-10 15.9 9.7
2005-09 13.7 7.9
2005-08 15.2 6.0
2005-07 16.9 3.9
2005-06 14.0 8.1
2005-05 14.2 6.7
2005-04 15.2 6.9
2005-03 12.5 5.5
2005-02 9.5 0.0
2005-01 9.2 0.7

Workforce size tendency in building construction

  • Source : INSEE

Revisions

The business climate in the building construction industry of January 2024 is unchanged (after rounding).

For further information

For questions with three possible answers, a balance of opinion is calculated as the difference between the percentage of “above the normal” or “increase” responses and the percentage of “below the normal” or “decrease” responses.

The responses to this survey were collected between 29 January and 19 February 2024.

All the balances of opinion from this survey are included in this publication and are available in the complementary chronological series published online.

This survey is part of the Joint Harmonised European Programme of Business and Consumer Surveys, partly funded by the European Commission.

Additional information (simplified and detailed methodology, nomenclature, etc.) are available on the “Documentation” tab of the web page of this publication.

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Pour en savoir plus

For questions with three possible answers, a balance of opinion is calculated as the difference between the percentage of “above the normal” or “increase” responses and the percentage of “below the normal” or “decrease” responses.

The responses to this survey were collected between 29 January and 19 February 2024.

All the balances of opinion from this survey are included in this publication and are available in the complementary chronological series published online.

This survey is part of the Joint Harmonised European Programme of Business and Consumer Surveys, partly funded by the European Commission.

Additional information (simplified and detailed methodology, nomenclature, etc.) are available on the “Documentation” tab of the web page of this publication.

Next issue: 21 Mars 2024 at 8:45 am.

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