Bi-monthly business outlook survey on wholesaling

Dernière mise à jour le : 25/04/2017

Présentation de l'opération

Organisme producteur :

Insee. Direction des Etudes et Synthèses Economiques (DESE)

Type d'opération :


Objectifs :

The aim of the bi-monthly business outlook survey on wholesaling is to provide early information on trends in the economic climate in the wholesale trade, in order to assess the current situation and forecast wholesale activity in the short term.

Thèmes abordés :

The bi-monthly business outlook survey on wholesaling records the opinion of wholesalers on their recent activity and on their future planned activity.

This opinion is obtained by monitoring the volume of sales and related variables, such as stocks, order intentions, deliveries, general future trends in activity, changes in workforce and prices.

Wholesalers also provide their opinion on their cash flow situation and payment deadlines.

Champ de l'opération

Champ géographique :

Metropolitan France

Champ(s) statistique(s) couvert(s) :

The bi-monthly business outlook survey on wholesaling is conducted on all wholesalers, with the exception of certain sub-sectors: wholesale intermediaries, wholesale tobacco trade (whether manufactured or not), wholesale trade of waste and scrap, non-specialised wholesale trade.

More precisely, the survey covers the sectors defined by the following NAF Rev. 2 codes: 46.2, 46.3 (excl. 4635Z), 46.4, 46.5, 46.6, 46.7 (excl. 4677Z).

Caractéristiques techniques

Unité statistique enquêtée :


Périodicité de l'opération :


Période et mode de collecte :

The survey is conducted every two months (January, March, May, July, September, November, i.e. the odd months of the year).

Data collection is by post and via the internet from the end of the month preceding the survey month to the end of the survey month.

Historique :

The survey was conducted for the first time in 1972.

Plan de sondage :

The survey covers 3,000 wholesalers.

All companies with more than 200 employees are questioned, and all those with a turnover of more than a certain threshold, depending on their sub-sector of activity.

Autres spécifications :

Questions are formulated so that they can be answered quickly (most of the questions are qualitative with three response options expressed in the form "higher, lower, stable", or "more than normal, normal, less than normal").