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3rd Quarter 2011 Germany Market Snapshot Series (MSS) Report on Dental Practice Activity

Report #: 110833-102

Date: 11/07/2011

Regional Market Covered: Germany

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Overview:

The 3rd Quarter 2011 edition of OMNIDEN™ - AFG Research’s international dental omnibus - included several questions designed to gather dentists’ opinions regarding the current state of the German economy and the way their practice has been affected by the current economic environment. Results for these questions are made available as part of a new report titled: “3rd Quarter 2011 Germany Market Snapshot Series (MSS) Report on Dental Practice Activity”.

Specifically, AFG Research probed into what 300 dentists in Germany think about the current economic environment and the challenges faced by their practice. As part of this study, AFG Research measured the changes experienced in the volume of twenty different dental procedures during the past six months, including direct restorations, implant procedures and many others.

The positive outlook of the German economy during the first and second quarters of 2011 seems to be winding down amidst debt problems of the Eurozone and the lackluster performance of the American economy. The OECD (Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development) predicts that German economic output is likely to continue its moderate expansion during July, August and September, but it is likely to fall significantly towards the end of 2011 due to weaker exports.

According to the Federal Statistics Office of Germany (Statistisches Bundesamt Deutschland), the seasonally-adjusted quarterly growth of GDP during the second quarter of 2011 was a meagre 0.1%, down from the healthier 1.3% recorded in the first quarter.

However, the CPI for July was 2.4% higher than a year ago - aligned with the 2.0% yearly target. Energy prices were 10.6% higher in July 2011 than a year ago, food prices were 2.1% higher and the price of services increased by 1.5%. So far, German unemployment levels for 2011 have been relatively healthier than those observed in other advanced economies. Towards the end of the second quarter of 2011, the seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 6.1% from 6.4% in the first quarter.

In addition, the number of unemployed amounted to 2.58 million this July – approximately 300,000 less than the level recorded on July 2010. Current German unemployment is below the Eurozone average (9.5%) and 3 percentage points lower than U.S. levels.

Despite its relatively stable labour market, Germany is likely to face important challenges to business confidence in the coming months. The CESIfo’s Business Climate Index for German industry and trade has declined from 114 (second quarter of 2011) to 108.7 in August - the lowest in 12 months.

Similarly, its business expectations index has also declined 5 points in August and is now at 2005 levels. To quote the President of the Ifo Insitutute for Economic Research: “The current business situation, however, continues to be assessed overall as good, although the situation appraisals in recent months were significantly more favourable. The German economy is not immune to current worldwide turbulences”.

Key opinion leaders express their views on the current economic performance of the German economy:

  • “German Exports Unexpectedly Fell in July”, Bloomberg, September 8, 2011

  • “IMF chief urges action on German economy”, The Local, September 4, 2011

  • “Trouble at the core”, The Economist, August 16, 2011

This quarter’s report continues to analyze current and expected production for 20 key dental procedures. It also focuses on two measures for tracking both the current state and the expected state of dental practice activities over the last 2 quarters: the “AFG Research Current Dental Practice Activity Index” and the “AFG Research Dental Practice Activity Expectations Index”. These indices, each of which is constructed from the re-scaled results of twelve questions (six questions on current practice conditions and six questions on expected practice conditions), provide a clear and concise view on the evolution of current business perceptions and expectations over the recent period.

The report will help dental manufacturers and distributors to: a) assess the current business environment of the industry, b) better understand the ways in which dentists across Germany are coping with changes in the economic environment, c) identify key opportunities for adapting their business to better address the needs of their customers d) track the changes in key dental business activities during both the recessionary and post-recessionary periods, and e) identify future trends and developments to better forecast business activity in 2011 and beyond.

Research Focus:

  • Influence of the German economy on dental practices (current and historical levels by specialty and segment)
  • Current dental practice current activity index
  • Perceived conditions of the German economy & practice activity (local economy, business conditions, revenues, profitability and technology investments, practice daily calendar, conversion rate for elective procedures)
  • Expected dental practice activity index
  • Expected conditions of the German economy & practice activity (local economy, business conditions, revenues, profitability and technology investments, practice daily calendar, conversion rate for elective procedures)
  • Dental procedure volume analysis (current and historical levels by specialty and segment)
  • Dental procedure volume variations in past 6 months
  • Dental procedure volume variation expectations for next 6 months
  • Number of patients seen per week (current and historical levels)
  • Number of orthodontic cases & Invisalign patients (by age group of patients)
  • Dental impression methods (conventional versus digital impressions)
  • Practice expansion intentions (add new operatory, practice relocation, add new office)

Dental Procedures Covered:

  • Direct anterior & posterior fillings / restorations
  • Whitening / bleaching
  • Cleaning / prophylaxis
  • Sealant cases
  • Fluoride treatment
  • Enamel shaping
  • Treatment planning & diagnostic
  • Extractions
  • Dental crowns
  • Dental bridges
  • Inlays
  • Onlays
  • Veneers
  • Root canal treatment
  • Endodontic post
  • Implants
  • Orthodontic braces / appliance
  • Removable dentures
  • Full dentures

Regional Market Covered: Germany

Data Collection Date: September 2011

Report and Data Availability:

  • Online report (iCharts) available using name-based account
  • 200 key charts presented by key topics (current and expected practice activity metrics, procedure volume and variations)
  • 100 interactive charts with filtering capabilities (specialty, dental practice size, etc.)
  • Summary of key findings and executive summary
  • Cross-tabulation of survey results by multiple classification questions (MS Excel)
  • Downloadable report (MS PowerPoint)

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