In October 2015, the turnover declined in the wholesale trade and rebounded in business support activitiesTurnover in the wholesale trade and business services - October 2015

In October 2015, the turnover decreased in the wholesale trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles (–0.5%). By contrast, it rebounded in business support activities (+0.9%), in transportation and storage (+0.9%) and in information and communication (+0.4%) and it rose again in real estate activities (+0.8%).

Every index in this issue is in value (tax excluded), 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 turnover decreased in the wholesale trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles (–0.5%). By contrast, it rebounded in business support activities (+0.9%), in transportation and storage (+0.9%) and in information and communication (+0.4%) and it rose again in real estate activities (+0.8%).

Graph1_anglais – Wholesale trade and business services

  • Source: INSEE

Decrease in the wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles

In October 2015, the turnover of the wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles declined again (–0.5%), after a stability in September. It decreased particularly in the wholesale of food, beverages and tobacco (–1.8%), in the wholesale of agricultural raw materials and live animals (–3.9%), and in other specialised wholesale (–1.2%). Conversely, it increased in the wholesale of household goods (+1.1%) and in the wholesale of information and communication equipment (+2.0%).

The turnover of the wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles decreased over the last three months (–1.0%) and over the year (–0.6%).

Turnaround in business support activities

In October, the turnover of business support activities rebounded (+0.9% after –1.3%). It increased mostly in professional, scientific and technical activities (+1.4% after –1.6%), in particular in activities of head offices (+2.1%), and in architectural and engineering activities (+2.6%). The turnover grew slightly in administrative and support service activities (+0.2%): in particular, it rebounded significantly in office administrative, office support and other business support activities (+1.2%), but declined again in employment activities (–1.0%).

The turnover in business support activities decreased very slightly over the last three months (–0.2%) whereas it went up over the year (+0.9%).

Tab1_anglais – Variation of the turnover in the wholesale trade and business services

SA-WDA value, Base year 2010
Variation of the turnover in the wholesale trade and business services
Change in %
Nace classification Weight Oct./ Sept. Sept./Aug. q-o-q (1) y-o-y (2)
46 Wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 –0.5 0.0 –1.0 –0.6
H Transportation and storage 1000 0.9 –1.0 –0.1 0.9
J Information and communication 1000 0.4 –0.8 1.0 3.5
L Real estate activities 1000 0.8 1.1 0.0 2.6
M+N Business support activities 1000 0.9 –1.3 –0.2 0.9
M Professional, scientific and technical activities 579 1.4 –1.6 –0.8 1.1
N Administrative and support service activities 421 0.2 –0.9 0.5 0.6
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months / previous three months
  • (2) Year-on-year: last three months / same three months of previous year
  • The codes correspond to different levels of aggregation of the NACE classification.
  • Source: INSEE

Rebound in transportation and storage

In October, the turnover of transportation and storage recovered (+0.9% after –1.0% in September). It picked up markedly in warehousing and support activities for transportation (+3.0% after –1.6%) and to a lesser extent in transport and transport via pipelines (+0.5%), and in air transport (+0.2%). By contrast, it slipped back sharply in air water transport (–4.5 % after +6.7%) and went on decreasing in postal and courier activities (–0.6%).

The turnover of transportation and storage was virtually stable over the last three months (–0.1%) and increased over the year (+0.9%).

Increase in information and communication

The turnover of information and communication recovered somewhat in October (+0.4% after –0.8%). It increased notably in computer programming, consultancy and related activities (+0.8%), in motion picture, video and television programme production (+2.1%) and in information service activities (+2.4%). On the contrary, the turnover decreased again in telecommunications (–0.6%).

The turnover of information and communication increased over the last three months (+1.0%) and year-on-year (+3.5%).

Further rise in real estate activities

In October, the turnover of real estate activities improved again (+0.8% after +1.1% in September). It remained stable over the last three months and rose over the year (+2.6%).

Revisions

The variation of turnover for September 2015 has been lowered by 0.1 points in transportation and storage. That same month, the variation has been revised upwards by +0.1 points in information and communication, in business support activities and in real estate activities. It remained unchanged in the wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles.

Tab2_anglais – Variation of the turnover in the wholesale trade and business services

SA-WDA value, Base year 2010
Variation of the turnover in the wholesale trade and business services
Change in %
Nace Classification Weight Oct. 2015 Oct./ Sept. Sept./Aug. q-o-q (1)
46 Wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 109.1 –0.5 0.0 –1.0
461 Wholesale on a fee or contract basis 152 116.0 –0.4 0.2 –1.5
462 Wholesale of agricultural raw materials and live animals 54 112.7 –3.9 –4.2 –2.3
463 Wholesale of food, beverages and tobacco 170 111.1 –1.8 –0.4 –0.7
464 Wholesale of household goods 207 109.6 1.1 0.9 –0.3
465 Wholesale of information and communication equipment 61 105.9 2.0 3.5 –1.2
466 Wholesale of other machinery, equipment and supplies 125 113.9 –0.4 –0.5 1.0
467 Other specialised wholesale 197 98.0 –1.2 0.3 –2.4
469 Non specialised wholesale trade 34 111.7 –0.5 –1.6 –1.0
H Transportation and storage 1000 108.7 0.9 –1.0 –0.1
49 Land transport and transport via pipelines 407 106.8 0.5 –1.9 –1.2
50 Water transport 73 120.9 –4.5 6.7 0.0
51 Air transport 91 106.5 0.2 –0.6 –0.4
52 Warehousing and support activities for transportation 360 111.0 3.0 –1.6 1.2
53 Postal and courier activities 69 97.4 –0.6 –1.9 0.3
J Information and communication 1000 106.5 0.4 –0.8 1.0
58 Publishing activities 158 107.2 0.6 –0.8 0.9
59 Motion picture, video and television programme production… 76 108.1 2.1 –0.6 1.9
60 Programming and broadcasting activities 61 105.2 0.5 –2.4 0.5
61 Telecommunications 396 95.8 –0.6 –1.4 0.8
62 Computer programming, consultancy and related activities 251 121.6 0.8 0.6 1.4
63 Information service activities 58 112.3 2.4 –2.3 –0.7
L Real estate activities 1000 105.8 0.8 1.1 0.0
681 Buying and selling of own real estate 96 83.9 1.6 –0.6 3.1
682 Renting and operating of own or leased real estate 691 107.2 –0.3 0.2 –0.9
683 Real estate activities on a fee or contract basis 213 111.2 4.0 4.8 2.0
M+N Business support activities 1000 113.3 0.9 –1.3 –0.2
M Professional, scientific and technical activities 579 113.9 1.4 –1.6 –0.8
69 Legal and accounting activities 90 110.6 –0.9 1.3 1.8
70 Activities of head offices… 219 121.1 2.1 –1.5 –0.9
71 Architectural and engineering activities… 151 110.8 2.6 –5.2 –2.4
72 Scientific research and development 26 108.2 –0.5 2.1 1.1
73 Advertising and market research 68 103.3 0.3 1.6 –0.6
74 Other professional, scientific and technical activities 19 114.8 0.3 –2.0 –0.1
75 Veterinary activities 6 116.6 –0.4 0.7 –1.1
N Administrative and support service activities 421 112.5 0.2 –0.9 0.5
77 Rental and leasing activities 98 111.3 0.7 –0.6 –0.3
78 Employment activities 80 108.6 –1.0 –3.7 0.2
79 Travel agency, tour operator… 42 108.9 0.2 1.6 3.1
80 Security and investigation activities 21 114.3 –1.0 0.9 –0.5
81 Services to buildings and landscape activities 50 110.8 –0.9 1.6 –0.1
82 Office administrative, office support and other business support activities 131 117.3 1.2 –1.4 0.9
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months / previous three months.
  • Source: INSEE