In March 2011, the economic situation in the retail trade and in the trade and repair of motor vehicles declinesMonthly survey of retailing - March 2011

According to the business leaders questioned in March, the economic situation in the retail trade and in the trade and repair of motor vehicles declines again: the synthetic indicator goes on decreasing but remains above its long-term average yet.

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Paru le : 24/03/2011
Prochaine parution le : 24/10/2017 at 08:45 - October 2017

According to the business leaders questioned in March, the economic situation in the retail trade and in the trade and repair of motor vehicles declines again: the synthetic indicator goes on decreasing but remains above its long-term average yet.

Recent sales have fallen, as well in retail trade as in trade and repair of motor vehicles. Expectations show opposite signals: expected sales mildly progress but ordering intentions slightly decrease. The two balances are near their medium level. Overall economic expectations stabilize over their long term average: retailers’opinion is still rather optimistic about the economic situation in the trade sector.

graph_indsynt_en – Business climate synthetic indicator

Graph_ventes_ic_en – Recent sales and ordering intentions

tab1_en – Global data

Soldes d’opinion*, en %, CVS
Global data
Ave. (1) Dec. 10 Jan. 11 Feb. 11 March 11
Business climate 100 108 108 105 103
General business outlook –29 –14 –18 –20 –21
Recent sales –3 4 5 2 –6
Expected sales 1 0 –6 –4 –2
Ordering intentions –6 –5 0 –5 –8
Stocks 10 11 3 5 10
Past selling prices (2) –6 –4 3
Expected selling prices –3 0 6 6 8
Cash position (2) –14 –13 –14
Workforce size: recent trend 1 –3 –4 –3 –4
Workforce size: future trend –1 –1 –1 –5 –4
  • (1) Average since 1991 (2004 for recent and expected sales and ordering intentions).
  • (2) Bi-monthly question (odd-numberred months).
  • Source : monthly survey in the retail trade and in the trade and repair of motor vehicles - INSEE