2007 was a dynamic year for trade

Christophe Michel, Sophie O’Prey, Vincent Vicaire, division Commerce, Insee

Household consumption and investment by companies remained dynamic in 2007 and the three major trade sectors grew. The wholesale trade picked up again after a slowdown in 2006; all the wholesale sectors grew, apart from semi-finished non-farm goods, which suffered a slight setback. Professional capital goods and in non-food consumer goods remained the most dynamic areas. In the retail trade (including bakery and delicatessen goods), growth continued to be driven by specialist non-food retailers and pharmacies. Department stores also performed well and food hypermarkets grew slightly. Car sales and repairs got going again in 2007. In trade as a whole, the increase in salaried employment and the number of businesses was mainly brought about by the retail trade, and to a lesser extent by the wholesale trade.

Insee Première
No 1198
Paru le : 25/06/2008