According to the Data & Analytics department of Visable, the parent company of EUROPAGES, sourcing research from the United Kingdom has significantly decreased since Prime Minister Boris Johnson took office last July. However, this general trend, which is explained by the uncertainties associated with Brexit, does not affect all business sectors.
A decrease of 21 points between 2019 and 2018. Overall, according to Visable’s figures, exploiting the high volume of searches on the 26 language versions of EUROPAGES (36 million visits per year from 200 countries, 133 million page views), there has been a significant decline in sourcing searches from the United Kingdom since Boris Johnson’s election. The increase in the number of searches in all sectors was only +21% for the 3rd quarter of 2019 compared to the 3rd quarter of 2018, while it was +42% between the 1st half of 2018 and the 1st half of 2019, representing a decrease of 21 points.
The sectors affected. Some sectors are more impacted than others by this decline in research. These include glass and construction materials (-50 points), rubber and plastics (-42 points), food and related products (-24 points), transport and related services, a sector directly linked to import-export activities suffering from the fuzzy Brexit (-22 points) and chemicals and pharmaceuticals (-20 points).
Other sectors are growing. Some sectors are nevertheless still growing and are not affected by this trend. These include energy and raw materials due to over-stocking dynamics (+44 points), IT (+26 points) and marketing, advertising and the media (+22 points). The search for suppliers in non-financial services remains dynamic as this sector avoids the potential increase in customs duties following Brexit.
Since the beginning of 2019 to date, B2B research carried out on EUROPAGES has reached a total of 1.027 million compared to 745,775 for the corresponding period in 2018. 29% of supplier searches from the United Kingdom are concentrated in five European countries: France, Italy, Poland, Germany, Spain.
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