In October 2015, the sales volume decreased in overall retail tradeSales volume in the retail trade and personal services - October 2015

In October 2015, the sales volume declined in retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles (–0.5%), in trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (–1.2%) and in household services (–0.4%). By contrast, it rose slightly in accommodation and food service activities (+0.2%).

Except for indices from Emagsa survey, every index in this issue is in volume (tax excluded) and seasonally and working-day adjusted (SA-WDA). The commentary shows variations of subsections by decreasing contribution. The contribution of a subsection depends on the extent of the change and on its weight.

In October 2015, the sales volume declined in retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles (–0.5%), in trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (–1.2%) and in household services (–0.4%). By contrast, it rose slightly in accommodation and food service activities (+0.2%).

Graph1_Anglais – Volume of sales in the retail trade and personal services

  • Source: INSEE

Decrease in retail trade

In October 2015, the sales volume went down in retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles (–0.5%), after a virtual stability in September (–0.1%). According to early estimates, the decline should accelerate in November (–1.2%).

The sales volume fell at the same pace in retail sales in specialised as in non specialised stores (–0.6%). In specialised stores, the sales volume declined above all in the retail sale of other goods (pharmacy, clothings, etc.: –1.3%).

The sales volume in retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles went up over the last quarter (+0.3%, q-o-q) and year-on-year (+3.3%).

Tab1_anglais – Variation of sales volume in the retail trade and personal services

SA-WDA volume, Base year 2010
Variation of sales volume in the retail trade and personal services
Change in %
NACE Classification Weight Oct./ Sept. Sept./ Aug. q-o-q (1) y-o-y (2)
47 Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 –0.5 –0.1 0.3 3.3
471 Retail sale in non-specialized stores 369 –0.6 –0.2 –0.4 2.2
472 to 477 Retail sale in specialized stores 573 –0.6 –0.2 0.7 4.1
478 and 479 Retail trade not in stores 58 0.8 0.3 –0.1 2.3
45 Trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 –1.2 1.0 0.8 4.7
I Accommodation and food service activities 1000 0.2 –0.9 –1.0 –2.2
R+S Household services 1000 –0.4 –1.2 0.2 0.1
R Arts, entertainment and recreation 449 –1.5 –0.6 –0.1 –0.1
S Other service activities 551 0.4 –1.6 0.4 0.2
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months / previous three months.
  • (2) Year-on-year: last three months / same three months of the previous year.
  • The codes correspond to different levels of aggregation of the classification NAF rev.2
  • Source: INSEE

Tabprecoce_anglais – Variation of sales volume in the retail trade : early estimate*

SA-WDA volume, Base year 2010
Variation of sales volume in the retail trade : early estimate*
Change in %
Nov. 2015/ Oct. 2015 Nov. 2015/ Nov. 2014
47 Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles –1.2 0.9
  • * Econometric estimate from a set of sources available within 30 days after the end of the reference month
  • Source: INSEE

Downturn in trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles

In October, the sales volume in retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles fell (–1.2%) for the first time after nine consecutive months of growth. It fell back substantially in sale of motor vehicles (–1.8% after +1.4% in September). However, it went on increasing slightly in sale of motor vehicle parts and accessories (+0.2% after +0.3%).

The sales volume rose over the last quarter (+0.8%) and year-on-year (+4.7%).

Tab2_anglais – Variation of sales volume in the retail trade and personal services

SA-WDA volume, Base year 2010
Variation of sales volume in the retail trade and personal services
Change in %
Nace Classification Weight Oct. 2015 Oct./ Sept. Sept./Aug. q-o-q (1)
47 Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 108.2 –0.5 –0.1 0.3
471 Non-specialised stores 369 100.6 –0.6 –0.2 –0.4
472 to 477 Specialised stores 573 113.2 –0.6 –0.2 0.7
472 Retail sale of food, beverages and tobacco in specialised stores 49 104.5 –0.4 0.1 0.1
473 Retail sale of automotive fuel 78 97.6 –0.6 0.3 2.1
474 Retail sale of information and communication equipment 28 160.1 0.0 0.6 2.0
475 Retail sale of other household equipment 112 103.4 0.1 –0.3 0.9
476 Retail sale of cultural and recreation goods 48 105.6 0.6 0.0 –0.6
477 Retail sale of other goods in specialised stores 258 120.2 –1.3 –0.4 0.4
478 et 479 Retail trade not in stores 58 107.1 0.8 0.3 –0.1
45 Wholesale and retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 99.8 –1.2 1.0 0.8
451 Sale of motor vehicles 671 100.0 –1.8 1.4 1.3
452 Maintenance and repair of motor vehicles 78 89.6 –0.9 0.0 –1.3
453 Sale of motor vehicle parts and accessories 227 104.0 0.2 0.3 0.4
454 Sale, maintenance and repair of motorcycles and related parts and accessories 24 87.0 0.7 –0.9 –2.3
I Accommodation and food service activities 1000 91.7 0.2 –0.9 –1.0
55 Accommodation 255 94.8 –0.9 0.3 –0.7
56 Food and beverage service activities 745 90.6 0.7 –1.4 –1.1
561 Restaurants… 549 89.7 1.0 –1.5 –1.1
562 Event catering… 116 100.3 0.1 –0.4 –1.4
563 Beverage serving activities 80 83.3 –0.8 –1.9 –1.1
R+S Household services 1000 96.5 –0.4 –1.2 0.2
R Arts, entertainment and recreation 449 95.1 –1.5 –0.6 –0.1
90 Creative, arts and entertainment activities 115 94.7 –2.2 0.7 0.6
91 Libraries, archives, museums… 11 113.1 2.0 0.7 –1.9
92 Gambling and betting activities 119 102.1 –2.7 2.6 2.2
93 Sports activities and amusement... 204 90.4 –0.4 –3.5 –1.8
S Other service activities 551 97.6 0.4 –1.6 0.4
95 Repair of computers… 228 98.1 1.2 –1.2 0.2
96 Other personal service activities 323 97.3 –0.1 –1.9 0.5
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months / previous three months.
  • Source: INSEE

Slight increase in accommodation and food service activities

The sales volume in accommodation and food service activities recovered slightly in October (+0.2% after –0.9% in September). The rebound was mainly driven up by restaurants and fast food services (+1.0% after –1.5%). By contrast, the sales volume fell back in accommodation (–0.9%) and in beverage serving activities (–0.8%).

The sales volume of the whole sector decreased quarter-on-quarter (–1.0%) and year-on-year (–2.2%).

Further decline in household services

In October, the sales volume in household services fell again (–0.4% after –1.2% in September). In particular, it slipped back in gambling and betting activities (–2.7%) and in creative, arts and entertainment activities (–2.2%) and it went on declining in sports activities and amusement (–0.4%). Conversely, the sales volume rebounded in repair of computers (+1.2%).

The sales volume in household services increased very slightly over the last quarter (+0.2%) and was virtually stable year-on-year (+0.1%).

Revisions

The variation of the sales volume for September 2015 has been lowered by 0.1 points in accommodation and food service activities. It has been raised by 0.1 points in household services. It was unchanged in retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles and in retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles.

Monthly survey on large-scale food retailing in November 2015

In November 2015, the turnover in large-scale food retailing went on falling (–0.5% after –0.6% in October). Sales of non-food products decreased significantly (–2.6% after –0.6%). However, sales of food products (–0.1%) and sales automotive fuel (+0.1%) were virtually stable.

Tab3_anglais – Monthly turnover indices in large-scale food retailing

SA-WDA value, Base year 2010
Monthly turnover indices in large-scale food retailing
Change in %
Nov./ Oct. Oct./ Sept. q-o-q (1) y-o-y (1)
Turnover –0.5 –0.6 –1.4 –1.5
Including
Sales of food products –0.1 –1.2 0.0 1.1
Sales of non-food products –2.6 –0.6 –2.1 –1.6
Sales of automotive fuel 0.1 0.8 –5.6 –12.6
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months / previous three months.
  • Source: INSEE - Monthly survey on large scale food retailing (EMAGSA)