The Confederation of British Industry's order book balance dropped by 13 points to +9 in October 2021, down from September's all-time high of +22 and well below market expectations of +18, according to the latest monthly CBI Industrial Trends Survey. It was the lowest reading since April, amid rising raw materials prices and widespread labor shortages. The gauge for export orders declined to -7 from -2 in the previous month, while that for stocks of finished goods was down to -13 from -11. Meanwhile, there were increases in expectations regarding output (+33 vs +25) and domestic prices (+59 vs +41). source: Confederation of British Industry

Factory Orders in the United Kingdom averaged -18.34 Net Balance from 1977 until 2021, reaching an all time high of 22 Net Balance in September of 2021 and a record low of -79 Net Balance in October of 1980. This page provides the latest reported value for - United Kingdom CBI Industrial Trends Orders - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. United Kingdom CBI Industrial Trends Orders - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on October of 2021.

Factory Orders in the United Kingdom is expected to be 18.00 Net Balance by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. In the long-term, the United Kingdom CBI Industrial Trends Orders is projected to trend around 8.00 Net Balance in 2022 and 5.00 Net Balance in 2023, according to our econometric models.

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United Kingdom CBI Industrial Trends Orders


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2021-07-22 10:00 AM Jul 17 19 16 18
2021-08-23 10:00 AM Aug 18 17 16 17
2021-09-21 10:00 AM Sep 22 18 15 15
2021-10-21 10:00 AM Oct 9 22 18 19
2021-11-19 11:00 AM Nov 9 12
2021-12-17 11:00 AM Dec 11


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UK Factory Orders Index Falls to 6-Month Low: CBI
The Confederation of British Industry's order book balance dropped by 13 points to +9 in October 2021, down from September's all-time high of +22 and well below market expectations of +18, according to the latest monthly CBI Industrial Trends Survey. It was the lowest reading since April, amid rising raw materials prices and widespread labor shortages. The gauge for export orders declined to -7 from -2 in the previous month, while that for stocks of finished goods was down to -13 from -11. Meanwhile, there were increases in expectations regarding output (+33 vs +25) and domestic prices (+59 vs +41).
2021-10-21
UK Factory Orders Gauge Hits Record High
The Confederation of British Industry's order book balance rose by four points to an all-time high of +22 in September 2021, easily beating market expectations of +15, according to the latest monthly CBI Industrial Trends Survey. Manufacturing firms saw total order books improve further on August’s strong results to reach a record high, while export order books also improved to their strongest since March 2019. However, output growth in the three months for September slowed for the second month in a row, despite remaining firm by historical standards. Eleven out of 17 sectors saw output increase, with headline growth being driven largely by the food, drink & tobacco sub-sector. Stock adequacy picked up slightly, but nonetheless remained close to last month’s record low and considerably below average. On the price front, expectations for output cost growth in the coming quarter remain strong.
2021-09-21
UK Factory Orders Remain Close to Over 30-Year High
The Confederation of British Industry's order book balance stood at +18 in August 2021, little-changed from +17 in July and an over three-decade high of +19 hit in June, according to the latest monthly CBI Industrial Trends Survey. Also, the latest reading came in above market expectations of +16. UK manufacturing output volumes in the three months to August slowed from a record high (+26 vs +44 in July), mainly due to the motor vehicles sub-sector, which saw output go from rising a near-record pace to being flat. Meanwhile, total order books remained strong, at a broadly similar position to last month (+18 vs +17) despite a decline in export orders (-16 vs -7). Manufacturers also reported that stock adequacy worsened to its weakest on record, marking the third month in a row in which a new record-low outturn has been set. Expectations for output price growth over the next three months remained strong, close to the near-30 year high seen in June.
2021-08-23
UK Factory Orders Remain Strong in July
The Confederation of British Industry's order book balance eased to +17 in July 2021, but reminded close to over three-decade high of +19 hit in June according to the latest monthly CBI Industrial Trends Survey. UK manufacturing output volumes in the three months to July grew at the fastest pace on record (+44 vs +33 in June) and are expected to expand at a similar pace in the coming quarter. Meanwhile, the total order book balance posted the first monthly decline since April (+17 vs +19) despite a continued improvement in export orders (-7 vs -8). The gauges for stocks of finished goods and domestic price expectations were also down.
2021-07-22

United Kingdom Last Unit Reference Previous Highest Lowest
Business Confidence 2.00 points Dec/21 27.00 55.00 -87.00
Factory Orders 9.00 Net Balance Oct/21 22.00 22.00 -79.00
Small Business Sentiment 27.00 Sep/21 29.00 40.00 -84.00


United Kingdom CBI Industrial Trends Orders
In the United Kingdom, the Confederation of British Industry‘s Industrial Trends Survey of total order book balance tracks changes in the level of factory orders from around 500 companies across 38 sectors of manufacturing industry. The survey covers domestic and export orders, stocks, price, investment intentions and output expectations. For each variable, manufacturers are asked if present situation is above normal, normal or below normal. The results are presented as a weighted percentage balance, that is, the difference between the percentage of respondents replying more or up to each question minus the percentage replying less or down.