The economic situation of trade in 2009

Philippe BOURIEAU, Clovis CLOTAIL, Stéphanie LEMERLE et Sophie O'PREY

In 2009, household consumption through the channel of trade sectors remained almost stable in volume (+ 0,3 %). Sales in the three trade sectors are consistent with this trend. The wholesale trade industry was the most affected by the economic crisis. Its sales fell by 5,4% in volume after ten years of continuous growth. Sales of vehicles and automobile repair slowed down in volume (-0,6%). At the same time, primarily food retailing and craft sectors remained stable overall (+ 0,0%). While hypermarkets and supermarkets enjoyed a very limited growth (+0,4 %), smaller stores were stable or fell. Sales of the non-food retail trade sector decreased by 0,9%. Within this sector however, pharmacies kept growing at a steady pace despite the context of economic crisis. Salaried employment went down in 2009 across the trade industry with 44 700 jobs lost (- 1,5%) between december 2009 and december 2008.

Documents de travail
No E2010/10
Paru le : 15/12/2010