Services Producer Price Indices : marked increase in the 1st quarter of 2011Services producer price indices - 1st quarter 2011

In the first quarter of 2011, B to B services prices were rather markedly oriented upwards. This was true for IT, publishing (of softwares, books and periodicals), employment services, legal services, accounting and rental, particularly rental of construction equipment. Even advertising services, after three years of decline, showed a slight increase of their prices. Telecommunications services, on the other hand, fell again in the fourth quarter of 2010.

In the first quarter of 2011, B to B services prices were rather markedly oriented upwards. This was true for IT, publishing (of softwares, books and periodicals), employment services, legal services, accounting and rental, particularly rental of construction equipment. Even advertising services, after three years of decline, showed a slight increase of their prices. Telecommunications services, on the other hand, fell again in the fourth quarter of 2010.

Information and communication

Increasing prices, except for telecoms

Prices of telecommunications services fell in the fourth quarter of 2010 (-4.5 %), which led to a -3.1% decline over one year. Prices of computer programming and consultancy increased by 0.3 %, while those of computer facilities management services decreased in the first quarter (-0.9 %). Prices of publishing and news agencies services increased respectively by 0.9 % and 1.0 %.

Employment services

Increasing prices, too

Prices of employment placement agencies services and temporary employment agency services increased by 0.5 % over the quarter. Over one year, they gained 2.0 %.

Advertising and market studies

Advertising prices recovered

Prices of market research and polling services fell during this quarter (-0.3 %), leading to a quasi-stability over one year (+0.1 %). On the other hand, the advertising services prices seemed to have stopped their continuous decline since 2008 (+0.2 %). Over one year, their prices had nevertheless decreased by 1.5 %.

tableau1 – Services Producer Price Indices: French market

Services Producer Price Indices: French market
CPA rev. 2 - Base 2005=100 except (n) Weights Indices Q1 2011 Changes in %
Q/ Q-1 Q/ Q-4
38.1 & 38.2 (1) Waste collection. treatment and disposal 21 252 99.7 –0.4 –0.6
53.20 Other postal and courier services 555 99.2 –0.3 0.1
Information and communication
58.1 (1) Publishing of books and periodicals 15 313 100.9 0.9 0.4
58.29 Software publishing 6 336 105.1 2.1 4.1
61 (2) Telecommunications 12 650 87.5 * –4.5 –3.1
62.01 & 62.02 Computer programming and consultancy 39 983 103.9 0.3 1.6
62.03 Computer facilities management 5 135 93.9 –0.9 0.8
63.91 (3) News agencies 725 99.3 1.0 1.1
Professional. scientific and technical services
69.10 (4) Legal services 19 168 110.1 1.6 0.0
69.20 Accounting. tax consulting 13 346 107.8 0.4 0.7
70.2 Management consulting 22 565 103.3 0.4 0.3
71.1 (5) Architectural. engineering 44 420 109.5 –0.1 0.5
71.20 Technical testing and analysis 5 461 99.5 2.1 3.0
73.1 Advertising 17 539 95.5 0.2 –1.5
73.20 (4) Market research. public opinion polling 2 533 108.8 –0.3 0.1
Administrative and support services
77.1 Rental of motor vehicles 8 121 106.8 0.9 1.8
77.32 Rental of construction equipment 8 465 93.4 2.5 1.1
78.1 & 78.2 Placement and temp. employment agencies 27 649 112.6 0.5 2.0
80.1 & 80.2 Security 6 581 112.6 0.8 1.8
81.2 Cleaning 11 123 115.1 1.3 1.4
82.20 (3) Call centre 4 864 102.5 –0.7 2.2
  • u : unavailable s : statistical secret
  • *: Telecommunications prices are known with one quarter delay.
  • Source : INSEE. "Observation des prix de l'industrie et des services aux entreprises" survey

graph2_telecom_A – Publishing and telecommunications

graph6_pro_A – Professional. scientific and technical services

graph3_loc_A – Rental and leasing services

graph1_info_A – Computer programming and information

graph5_pub_A – Advertising and market studies

graph4_emploi_A – Employment services