France

In-depth country-focused analysis on France's economic, political and operational risk environment, complemented by detailed sector insight

Our comprehensive assessment of France's operating environment and the outlook for its leading sectors are formed by bringing together a wealth of data on global markets that affect France, as well as the latest industry developments that could impact France's industries. This unique integrated approach has given us an impeccable track-record for predicting important shifts in the markets, ensuring you’re aware of the latest market opportunities and risks in France before your competitors.

France Country Risk

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Core Views: While the rest of the eurozone is showing early signs of recovery, the French economy continues to stagnate. While the improving regional economic outlook may provide some limited...

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France Industry Coverage (19)

Agribusiness

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BMI View: We believe the grain s sector in France will continue to outperform other agribusiness segments in terms of production growth. This will be reinforced by the ongoing reforms of...

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Autos

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BMI View: In 2014, we forecast a 2.2% increase in vehicle sales. This comes from a 2% forecasted uptick in the passenger car segment, and 3.2% increase in commercial vehicle (CV) sales. BMI...

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Commercial Banking

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Commercial Banking Sector Indicators  Date Total assets Client loans Bond portfolio Other Liabilities and capital Capital Client deposits Other...

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Defence & Security

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BMI expects French defence expenditure to reach USD49.9bn in 2014. On average, we expect France to spend USD50.6bn on defence annually over the next three years. We foresee defence spending...

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Food & Drink

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BMI View: Since our last update, the outlook for France has shown some modest signs of early improvement, although the economy is still lagging substantially behind regional peers. The outlook...

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Freight Transport

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BMI View: We believe the French economy will show signs of a protracted recovery in 2014, but is expected to struggle with long-standing labour issues and uncompetitive exports. These...

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Information Technology

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BMI View:   we expect only modest medium term growth for the French IT market as a result of high penetration of products and solutions, a challenging economic environment and cuts to public...

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Infrastructure

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BMI View :  We expect a seventh consecutive year of contraction in France's construction industry in 2014, when we forecast -1.2% real growth. This represents a slight recovery from the -2.1% we...

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Medical Devices

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Espicom Industry View : Although France continues to rank among the top five largest medical device markets in the world , growth rates are modest by global standards. The continuing drive...

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Metals

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BMI View: France's metals sector is set for very modest gro wth and, in some cases, decline, as major producers hold back on investment. Steel will continue to dominate the country's metals...

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Oil & Gas

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BMI View: The French government unveiled an energy policy in June 2014, that provide s some upside risk to gas consumption as a result of a cap on nuclear power and an increased reliance on...

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Petrochemicals

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The French petrochemicals industry's road to full recovery is likely to be slow and fraught with obstacles as the industry faces structural challenges, a lack of competitiveness and tenuous growth in...

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Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare

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BMI View: Public consumption in France will decline in 2014 and 2015 as the government attempts to bring the fiscal deficit within the EU's deficit reduction target of 3.0% of GDP by 2015 -...

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Power

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BMI View:   The government is taking steps to reduce France's dependence upon nuclear power and had been expected to adopt a law to determine how to do this. This follows on from President...

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Real Estate

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Although overall 2013 was a bad year for the commercial real estate sector in France, signs of recovery were evident in H213, and this upswing has carried over into 2014. This can be seen in the...

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Renewables

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BMI View : Most of Switzerland's demographic and economic indicators are favourable to wards increased pharmaceutical and healthcare spending. The pensionable population proportion is high...

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Telecommunications

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BMI View:   An intensification of competition since the launch of Free Mobile in Q112 has added to pressure on revenues from regulatory measures such as MTR cuts and resulted in operators...

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Tourism

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The maturity of France's tourism sector means it offers less in the way of opportunities for potential new players than some of less-developed markets. However, France is still one of the most...

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Water

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Continuing investment into France's water sector is resulting in substantial improvements across all areas as well as providing a flow of opportunities for investment. The well-regulated sector is...

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