In March, the turnover increased in the trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles and in the retail tradeSales volume in the retail trade and personal services - March 2010

In March 2010, the turnover bounced in the trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+1.1%). It grew in the retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+0.6%) after rising in February (+0.4%). It went on slightly increasing in accommodation and food service activities (+0.3%), whereas it was nearly stable in households services (–0.1%).

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No 148
Paru le : 01/06/2010

Every index in this issue is in volume, seasonally and working-day ajusted.

In March 2010, the turnover bounced in the trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+1.1%). It grew in the retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+0.6%) after rising in February (+0.4%). It went on slightly increasing in accommodation and food service activities (+0.3%), whereas it was nearly stable in households services (–0.1%).

Compared to Q4 2009, the turnover of Q1 2010 expanded a little in the “retail trade…” (+0.5%, q-o-q), in household services (+0.3%) and in accommodation and food service activities (+0.2%). It slightly dipped in the trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (–0.2%).

Compared to Q1 2009, the turnover of Q1 2010 soared in the trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+4.2%) and, to a lesser extent, in “the retail trade…” (+2.3%). It stood approximately at the same level than a year ago in food and accommodation service activities (+0.2%) and in household services (–0.2%).

According to our early estimate, the turnover in the “retail trade…” is expected to be broadly steady in April 2010 (+0.1%).

Graph1_Anglais – Retail trade and personnal service

  • Source: INSEE

Please note that the « retail trade… » chart (47) includes the early estimate for April 2010.

Tab1_anglais – Monthly turnover indices

SA-WDA volume, Base year 2005
Monthly turnover indices
Change in %
Classification NAF rev. 2 Weight March/ Feb. Feb./ Jan. q-o-q (1) y-o-y (2)
45 Trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 1.1 –0.8 –0.2 4.2
47 Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 0.6 0.4 0.5 2.3
471 Retail sale in non-specialised stores 415 0.3 –0.4 0.7 1.9
472 to 477 Retail sale in specialised stores 545 0.9 0.9 0.3 2.7
478 and 479 Retail trade not in stores 40 0.2 1.0 0.0 2.5
I Accomodation and food service activities 1000 0.3 0.2 0.2 0.2
R+S Households services 1000 –0.1 0.6 0.3 –0.2
R Arts, entertainment and recreation 472 –0.3 0.9 0.6 1.0
S Other service activities 528 0.1 0.3 0.1 –1.3
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months / three previous months.
  • (2) Year-on-year: last three months / three same months of the previous year.
  • The codes correspond to differents levels of aggregation of the classification NAF rev.2.
  • Source: INSEE

Tabprecoce_anglais – Turnover indices: early estimate*

Base year 2005, SA-WDA, volume
Turnover indices: early estimate*
Change in%
April 2010/ March 2010 April 2010/ April 2009
47 Retail trade… 0.1 1.9
  • * Econometric estimate from a set of sources available within 30 days after the end of the reference month
  • Source: INSEE