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European Print Industry Snapshot: Norway
European Print Industry Snapshot: Norway

Published: September 21, 2021

In this bimonthly series, WhatTheyThink is presenting the state of the printing industry in different European countries based on the latest monthly production numbers. This week, we take a look at the printing industry in Norway. Full Analysis

July Shipments: Back on the Decline
July Shipments: Back on the Decline

Published: September 17, 2021

July 2021 printing shipments came in at $6.45 billion, down from June’s $6.69 billion. Year to date, January-to-July shipments are $46.44 billion. At this point in 2020, year-to-date shipments were slightly higher at $46.83. The recovery is proving more challenging than the actual pandemic, it seems. Full Analysis

Two Indicators: Retail Sales and Industrial Production
Two Indicators: Retail Sales and Industrial Production

Published: September 10, 2021

This week’s Friday data dump looks at two macroeconomic indicators that will give us some sense of how we are bouncing back from the pandemic—Retail sales and the Industrial Production Index.  Full Analysis

European Print Industry Snapshot: Finland
European Print Industry Snapshot: Finland

Published: September 7, 2021

In this bimonthly series, WhatTheyThink is presenting the state of the printing industry in different European countries based on the latest monthly production numbers. This week, we take a look at the printing industry in Finland. Full Analysis

Paperboard Container Manufacturing Employment—2010–2019
Paperboard Container Manufacturing Employment—2010–2019

Published: September 3, 2021

According to County Business Patterns, in 2010, there were 142,868 employees in NAICS 32221 (Paperboard Container Manufacturing establishments). Employment in this category dropped abruptly in 2011 and 2012, then continued to rise over the course of the decade, peaking in 2018 at 147,301 before dropping a bit in 2019. In macro news, office and mall vacancy rates are at historic highs, the pandemic having accelerated trends that had been well underway beforehand. Full Analysis

July Graphic Arts Employment—Reaching a Plateau
July Graphic Arts Employment—Reaching a Plateau

Published: August 27, 2021

In July 2021, all printing employment was down -0.2% from June, production employment up +0.7%, and non-production printing employment down -2.0%. Full Analysis

Converted Paper Product Manufacturing Employment—2010–2018
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing Employment—2010–2018

Published: August 20, 2021

According to County Business Patterns, in 2010, there were 253,464 employees in NAICS 3222 (Converted Paper Product Manufacturing establishments). Employment in this category dropped abruptly in 2012, then remained somewhat stable over the course of the decade and reaching 245,579 in 2018. In macro news, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) monthly Architecture Billings Index (ABI) show increased demand for architectural design services, good news for the signage industry. Full Analysis

European Print Industry Snapshot: Denmark
European Print Industry Snapshot: Denmark

Published: August 16, 2021

In this bimonthly series, WhatTheyThink is presenting the state of the printing industry in different European countries based on the latest monthly production numbers. This week, we take a look at the printing industry in Denmark. Full Analysis

June Shipments: A Lateral Move
June Shipments: A Lateral Move

Published: August 13, 2021

June 2021 printing shipments came in at $6.65 billion, unchanged from May. We usually see declines from May to June, but at least the lateral move has halted two months of declining shipments. Full Analysis

Internet Publishing Employment—2010–2018
Internet Publishing Employment—2010–2018

Published: August 6, 2021

According to County Business Patterns, in 2010, there were 90,892 employees in NAICS 51913 (Internet Publishing and Broadcasting and Web Search Portals). Over the course of the decade, employment in this category grew steadily to reach 275,875 in 2018. In macro news, real GDP increased at an annual rate of 6.5% in Q2 2021. Full Analysis

June Graphic Arts Employment—Continuing to Get a Little Better
June Graphic Arts Employment—Continuing to Get a Little Better

Published: July 30, 2021

In June 2021, all printing employment was up +0.1% from May, production employment up +0.7%, and non-production printing employment down -1.2%. Full Analysis

European Print Industry Snapshot: Sweden
European Print Industry Snapshot: Sweden

Published: July 27, 2021

In this bimonthly series, WhatTheyThink is presenting the state of the printing industry in different European countries based on the latest monthly production numbers. This week, we take a look at the printing industry in Sweden. Full Analysis

Assorted Publishing Employment—2010–2018
Assorted Publishing Employment—2010–2018

Published: July 23, 2021

According to County Business Patterns, in 2010, there were 10,166 employees in NAICS 511199 (All Other Publishers). Over the course of the decade, employment in this category steadily declined to bottom out at 4,999 in 2018. In macro news, last year’s “official” COVID recession lasted only two months, according to the NBER. Full Analysis

Shipments: An Evening Out
Shipments: An Evening Out

Published: July 16, 2021

May 2021 printing shipments came in at $6.59 billion, a slight downturn from April’s $6.87 billion, and the second consecutive month of decline, but is consistent with the pattern we have been tracking over the past five years. Full Analysis

European Print Industry Snapshot: Czech Republic
European Print Industry Snapshot: Czech Republic

Published: July 13, 2021

In this bimonthly series, WhatTheyThink is presenting the state of the printing industry in different European countries based on the latest monthly production numbers. This week, we take a look at the printing industry in the Czech Republic. Full Analysis

Greeting Card Publishers—2010–2018
Greeting Card Publishers—2010–2018

Published: July 2, 2021

According to County Business Patterns, in 2010, there were 10,258 employees in NAICS 511191 (Greeting Card Publishers). Over the course of the decade, employment has been up and down, reaching 13,690 in 2018. In sort of macro news, Las Vegas tourism traffic rose substantially in May 2021, as conventions were poised to reopen. Full Analysis

May Graphic Arts Employment—Getting a Little Better
May Graphic Arts Employment—Getting a Little Better

Published: June 25, 2021

In May 2021, all printing employment was up +0.7% from February, production employment up +1.4%, and non-production printing employment down -0.8%. Full Analysis

European Print Industry Snapshot: Poland
European Print Industry Snapshot: Poland

Published: June 22, 2021

In this bimonthly series, WhatTheyThink is presenting the state of the printing industry in different European countries based on the latest monthly production numbers. This week, we take a look at the printing industry in Poland. Full Analysis

Directory and Mailing List Publishers—2010–2018
Directory and Mailing List Publishers—2010–2018

Published: June 18, 2021

According to County Business Patterns, in 2010, there were 41,489 employees in NAICS 51114 (Directory and Mailing List Publishing). Over the course of the decade, employment had plummeted to a low of 14,379. In macro news, new business creation has been at record highs. Full Analysis

Shipments: A New Season?
Shipments: A New Season?

Published: June 11, 2021

April 2021 printing shipments came in at $6.80 billion, a slight downturn from March’s $6.98 billion, but is consistent with the pattern we have been tracking over the past five years. Full Analysis

European Print Industry Snapshot: Belgium
European Print Industry Snapshot: Belgium

Published: June 8, 2021

In this bimonthly series, WhatTheyThink is presenting the state of the printing industry in different European countries based on the latest monthly production numbers. This week, we take a look at the printing industry in Belgium Full Analysis

Book Publishing Employees—2010–2018
Book Publishing Employees—2010–2018

Published: June 4, 2021

According to County Business Patterns, in 2010, there were 81,511 employees in NAICS 51113 (Book Publishing). Over the course of the decade, employment had dropped to a low of 64,085, but climbed back up to 73,108 in 2018. In macro news, the Great Rebound is underway. Full Analysis

Two Macroeconomic Indicators
Two Macroeconomic Indicators

Published: May 28, 2021

This week’s Friday data dump looks at two macroeconomic indicators that will give us some sense of how we are bouncing back from the pandemic—the Industrial Production Index, and Retail Sales. Full Analysis

Periodical Publishing Employees—2010–2018
Periodical Publishing Employees—2010–2018

Published: May 21, 2021

According to County Business Patterns, in 2010, there were 134,432 employees in NAICS 51112 (Periodical Publishing). By 2018, employees had decreased to 84,424. In macro news, ecommerce as a percent of retail sales has dropped almost back to its pre-pandemic level. Full Analysis

European Print Industry Snapshot: Netherlands
European Print Industry Snapshot: Netherlands

Published: May 18, 2021

In this bimonthly series, WhatTheyThink is presenting the state of the printing industry in different European countries based on the latest monthly production numbers. This week, we take a look at the printing industry in the Netherlands Full Analysis

Shipments: We Told You
Shipments: We Told You

Published: May 14, 2021

Last month, we said that “shipments can only get better from here”—and we were right. March shipments roared back from a historical low of $6.39 billion in February to $7.44 billion in March, the second best March in the past five years. Full Analysis

March Graphic Arts Employment—Getting Back to Work
March Graphic Arts Employment—Getting Back to Work

Published: May 7, 2021

In March 2021, all printing employment was up +1.5% from February, production employment up +1.1%, and non-production printing employment up +2.2%. Full Analysis

Printing 2021 Quick Look: Top Investments
Printing 2021 Quick Look: Top Investments

Published: May 5, 2021

According to data from our recently published Printing Outlook 2021 special report, one-fourth of print businesses have no major investment plans for 2021. Full Analysis

European Print Industry Snapshot: Portugal
European Print Industry Snapshot: Portugal

Published: May 4, 2021

In this bimonthly series, WhatTheyThink is presenting the state of the printing industry in different European countries based on the latest monthly production numbers. This week, we take a look at the printing industry in Portugal. Full Analysis

Newspaper Publishing Employees—2010–2018
Newspaper Publishing Employees—2010–2018

Published: April 30, 2021

According to County Business Patterns, in 2010, there were 264,833 employees in NAICS 51111 (Newspaper Publishing). By 2018, employees had decreased to 153,060. In macro news, Q1 GDP was up 6.4%. Full Analysis

Shipments: They Can Only Get Better from Here
Shipments: They Can Only Get Better from Here

Published: April 23, 2021

We didn’t kick off 2021 very auspiciously, with January printing shipments coming in at $6.57 billion, down from December 2020’s $7.17 billion, and then a further drop in February to $6.34 billion. Full Analysis

Printing 2021 Quick Look: Top Challenges
Printing 2021 Quick Look: Top Challenges

Published: April 21, 2021

According to data from our recently published Printing Outlook 2021 special report, recovering business lost to COVID and national economic conditions dominated printers’ top challenges—but traditional challenges will gain prominence post-COVID. Full Analysis

European Print Industry Snapshot: Spain
European Print Industry Snapshot: Spain

Published: April 20, 2021

In this bimonthly series, WhatTheyThink is presenting the state of the printing industry in different European countries based on the latest monthly production numbers. This week, we take a look at the printing industry in Spain. Full Analysis

Publishing Employees—2010–2018
Publishing Employees—2010–2018

Published: April 16, 2021

According to County Business Patterns, in 2010, there were 907,152 employees in NAICS 511 (Publishing Industries—except Internet). By 2018, employees had increased to 1,015,946. In macro news, retail sales were up 9.8% in March. Full Analysis

Printing 2021 Quick Look: 2021 Profits
Printing 2021 Quick Look: 2021 Profits

Published: April 14, 2021

According to data from our recently published Printing Outlook 2021 special report, print businesses expect a +8.1% increase in profits from 2020 to 2021. Full Analysis

Profits: Back to the Tale of Two Cities
Profits: Back to the Tale of Two Cities

Published: April 9, 2021

We’ve long been calling it “a tale of two cities”—large printers and small/mid-size printers and the profitability gap between them. The pandemic interrupted this ongoing narrative temporarily, but back in Q3 2020, we started to return to normal, at least in terms of industry profits trends, which continued into Q4. Full Analysis

Printing 2021 Quick Look: 2020 Profits
Printing 2021 Quick Look: 2020 Profits

Published: April 7, 2021

According to data from our recently published Printing Outlook 2021 special report, print businesses reported a -9.1% decline in profits from 2019 to 2020. Full Analysis

European Print Industry Snapshot: France
European Print Industry Snapshot: France

Published: April 5, 2021

In this bimonthly series, WhatTheyThink is presenting the state of the printing industry in different European countries based on the latest monthly production numbers. This week, we take a look at the printing industry in France. Full Analysis

Pre- and Postpress Employees—2010–2018
Pre- and Postpress Employees—2010–2018

Published: March 26, 2021

According to County Business Patterns, in 2010, there were 32,906 employees in NAICS 32312 (Support Activities for Printing). By 2018, employees had declined to 22,855. In macro news, Q4 2020 GDP was revised up. Full Analysis

Printing 2021 Quick Look: Anticipated 2021 Jobs/Orders
Printing 2021 Quick Look: Anticipated 2021 Jobs/Orders

Published: March 24, 2021

According to data from our recently published Printing Outlook 2021 special report, print businesses expect print industry jobs/orders to rebound +9.0% from 2020 to 2021. Full Analysis

European Print Industry Snapshot: Italy
European Print Industry Snapshot: Italy

Published: March 23, 2021

In this bimonthly series, WhatTheyThink is presenting the state of the printing industry in different European countries based on the latest monthly production numbers. This week, we take a look at the printing industry in Italy. Full Analysis

Graphic Arts Employment—February 2021
Graphic Arts Employment—February 2021

Published: March 19, 2021

In February 2021, all printing employment is down -0.5% from January, production employment down -0.4%, and non-production printing employment down -0.8%. Full Analysis

Printing 2021 Quick Look: 2020 Jobs/Orders
Printing 2021 Quick Look: 2020 Jobs/Orders

Published: March 17, 2021

According to data from our recently published Printing Outlook 2021 special report, the average number of jobs decreased -10.8% from 2019 to 2020. Full Analysis

Book Printing Employees—2010–2018
Book Printing Employees—2010–2018

Published: March 12, 2021

According to County Business Patterns, in 2010, there were 28,935 employees in NAICS 323117 (Book Printing Establishments). By 2018, employees had declined to 21,976. In macro news, inflation was soft in February. Full Analysis

Printing 2021 Quick Look: Anticipated 2021 Revenues
Printing 2021 Quick Look: Anticipated 2021 Revenues

Published: March 10, 2021

According to data from our recently published Printing Outlook 2021 special report, print businesses expect print industry revenues to rebound +9.1% from 2020 to 2021. Full Analysis

January Printing Shipments—They Can Only Get Better from Here
January Printing Shipments—They Can Only Get Better from Here

Published: March 5, 2021

We kicked off 2021 inauspiciously with January printing shipments coming in at $6.61 billion, down from 2020’s $7.17 billion. It's the worst January in at least the last five years, but already things are boding well for the rest of 2021. Full Analysis

Printing Outlook 2021 Quick Look: 2020 Revenues
Printing Outlook 2021 Quick Look: 2020 Revenues

Published: March 3, 2021

According to data from our recently published Printing Outlook 2021 special report, print industry revenues dropped -12.6% from 2019 to 2020, compared to +4.1% from 2018 to 2019. Full Analysis

European Print Industry Snapshot: United Kingdom
European Print Industry Snapshot: United Kingdom

Published: March 2, 2021

In this bimonthly series, WhatTheyThink is presenting the state of the printing industry in different European countries based on the latest monthly production numbers. This week, we take a look at the printing industry in the United Kingdom. Full Analysis

Commercial Screen Printing Employees—2010–2018
Commercial Screen Printing Employees—2010–2018

Published: February 26, 2021

In 2010, there were 57,674 employees working in US screen printing establishments (NAICS 323113). By 2018, that number had increased +12.4% to 64,840. In macro news, seven “recovery indicators” for parts of the economy most acutely impacted by the pandemic. Full Analysis

December Printing Shipments—One Last Unexpected Twist for 2020
December Printing Shipments—One Last Unexpected Twist for 2020

Published: February 19, 2021

In December 2020, in one last, end-of-the-year rally, printing shipments grew from $7.0 billion to $7.17 billion.   Full Analysis