Industrial Trends survey
The Industrial Trends Survey is conducted on a monthly and quarterly basis and covers 38 sectors of UK manufacturing industry at chief executive level
The longest-running UK private sector qualitative business tendency survey, it celebrated its 50th anniversary in July 2008. The regional manufacturing dimension is derived from the Industrial Trends Survey as the Regional Trends Survey, providing detailed survey data on the standard UK government regions. Furthermore, the results for the SME component of the quarterly survey are published on a regular basis.
This survey is conducted on a monthly and quarterly basis. The monthly survey began in 1975 and is carried out each February, March, May, June, August, September, November and December. The same sample of manufacturing firms is used each month and the same degree of individual industry data is prepared.
The survey offers a wealth of information, with the results weights and disaggregated by three employment size groups (1-199, 200-499, and over 500), three market sectors (investment, intermediate and consumer goods) and a comprehensive range of broad industry and individual industry results, with separate results published for Scotland and Wales. The results for small and medium-sized firms are published separately following the release of the quarterly survey.
The survey is classified according to the official Standard Industrial Classification (SIC 2007) and the survey weights are updated on an annual basis.
The quarterly survey conducted in January, April, July and October covers optimism regarding the general and export business situation, investment, capacity, domestic and export order books, numbers employed, output, deliveries, stocks, prices, constraints to output, constraints on investment, competitiveness regarding domestic, EU and non-EU markets and innovation and training.
The monthly survey covers domestic and export orders, stocks, price and output expectations.
The processed responses convert to raw weighted data from which are derived percentage balances. The percentage balance statistic is the figure derived from the difference between the weighted percentage of companies answering in the positive, minus the percentage replying in the negative. This allows a single number with a plus or minus value to thus represent the answer to any question. Since most of the questions refer to changes in the level of a variable, the absolute value of a balance will give a guide to the change in the variable concerned.
All participants receive a free digest of the latest results of the survey.
The CBI was proud to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the CBI Industrial Trends Survey of UK Manufacturing in July 2008. The Industrial Trends Survey is the longest-running private sector indicator of manufacturing in the UK. This occasion was accompanied by a special anniversary report, 50: Not Out which included key perspectives from industry, academia, the Bank of England, HM Treasury and other users.
News and publications
Exports decline weighs on manufacturing growth - CBI
The recovery in British manufacturing continued in the three months to October, but the pace of growth slowed as new export orders declined, according to the latest CBI Quarterly Industrial Trends Survey
Manufacturing orders and employment growth edge up further – CBI survey
The recovery in British manufacturing continued apace in the last quarter, with faster growth in domestic orders and output, according to the latest CBI quarterly Industrial Trends Survey
Firm growth in manufacturing sector - CBI
Demand for UK-made goods rose strongly in June, the latest CBI Industrial Trends Survey shows
Strong outlook for manufacturing sector
Activity in the UK manufacturing sector remained solid in May, and output is expected to rise strongly in the next three months, the latest CBI Industrial Trends Survey shows
Optimism among manufacturers sees fastest rise since the early 70s - CBI survey
Business optimism among manufacturers saw its sharpest improvement since 1973, on the back of strong growth in orders at home and abroad. That’s according to the latest CBI quarterly Industrial Trends Survey
Manufacturing remains robust-CBI Survey
Activity in the UK manufacturing sector remained robust in March and overall demand continued to rise, with total orders improving
Strong growth in manufacturing sector
Manufacturing order books remained robust and output growth accelerated in February, according to the latest CBI Industrial Trends Survey
New manufacturing orders growing at fastest rate since 2011 - CBI survey
Growth in new manufacturing orders was the strongest since April 2011, according to the latest CBI quarterly Industrial Trends Survey
Momentum remains strong in the manufacturing sector - CBI survey
Growth in the UK’s manufacturing sector continued to strengthen with order books and output touching an 18-year high for the second consecutive month, according to the latest CBI Industrial Trends Survey
Steady growth and rising optimism among UK's manufacturers - CBI
Optimism among UK manufacturers rose at the fastest rate since April 2010 as orders and output continued to grow steadily in the three months to October