In March, the turnover increased in the wholesale trade, in the transportation and storage sector and in real estate activitiesTurnover in the wholesale trade and business services - March 2010

In March 2010, the turnover grew in the wholesale trade except of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+0.7 %). It rose a little in “transportation and storage” (+0.4 %), after jumping in February (+2.9 %), and in real estate activities (+0.4 %). It slightly decreased in “information and communication” (–0.2 %) and in business support activities (–0.3 %).

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No 147
Paru le : 01/06/2010

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

In March 2010, the turnover grew in the wholesale trade except of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+0.7 %). It rose a little in “transportation and storage” (+0.4 %), after jumping in February (+2.9 %), and in real estate activities (+0.4 %). It slightly decreased in “information and communication” (–0.2 %) and in business support activities (–0.3 %).

Compared to Q4 2009, the turnover of Q1 2010 increased in “transportation and storage” (+2.3 %, q-o-q), in the “wholesale trade…” (+1.8 %), in “information and communication” (+1.2 %) and in real estate activities (+0.8 %). It was nearly stable in business support activities (0.1 %). After the bounce in November 2009, it edged down in this sector.

Compared to Q1 2009, the turnover of Q1 2010 stood at a higher level in real estate activities (+2.5 %, y-o-y) and in ”information and communication” (+1.5 %). It modestly expanded in “transportation and storage” (+0.3 %). Conversely, it declined in business support activities (–2.3 %). In the “wholesale trade…”, it was still down (–0.8 %) although it edged up since October 2009.

Graph1_anglais – Wholesale trade and business service

  • Source: INSEE

Tab1_anglais – Monthly turnover indices

SA-WDA value, 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)
46 Wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 0.7 1.0 1.8 –0.8
Wholesale on a fee or contract basis 166 –2.7 1.9 0.3 0.0
Wholesale of agricultural raw materials and live animals 62 2.5 –0.8 0.3 –10.5
Wholesale of food, beverages and tobacco 183 1.1 0.4 1.7 2.1
Wholesale of household goods 173 0.8 0.8 1.0 1.5
Wholesale of professional equipement goods 215 1.0 0.4 3.2 –3.6
Other specialised wholesale 193 2.1 2.4 3.4 0.5
H Transportation and storage 1000 0.4 2.9 2.3 0.3
J Information and communication 1000 –0.2 0.3 1.2 1.5
L Real estate activities 1000 0.4 0.0 0.8 2.5
M+N Business support activities 1000 –0.3 –0.2 –0.1 –2.3
M Professional, scientific and technical activities 626 –0.4 –0.3 –0.7 –1.7
N Administrative and support service activities 374 0.0 0.2 0.9 –3.1
  • (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