In March 2011, the turnover rose in transportation and storage but decreased in business support activitiesTurnover in the wholesale trade and business services - March 2011

In March 2011, the turnover rose in transportation and storage (+1.6%) and, to a lesser extent, in real estate activities (+0.2%). It was broadly stable in the “wholesale trade…” (+0.1%) whereas it fell in business support activities (–1.2%) and in information and communication (–0.6%).

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

In March 2011, the turnover rose in transportation and storage (+1.6%) and, to a lesser extent, in real estate activities (+0.2%). It was broadly stable in the “wholesale trade…” (+0.1%) whereas it fell in business support activities (–1.2%) and in information and communication (–0.6%).

Graph1_anglais – Wholesale trade and business service

  • Source : INSEE

Quarter on quarter (q-o-q), the turnover increased : by 3.6% in the “wholesale trade...”, by 3.3% in transportation and storage, by 2.5% in information and communication, by 1.1% in business support activities, and by 0.5% in real estate activities.

Year on year (y-o-y), the turnover was up by 11.0% in the “wholesale trade...”. It also increased in business support activities (+6.1 %), in transportation and storage (+5.8 %), in information and communication (+4.0%) and in real estate activities (+2.6%).

The SA-WDA evolution in February has been revised by +0.6 point in information and communication. The decrease, initially announced at –3.1%, is corrected at –2.5%. In the same period, the SA-WDA evolution has been revised by +0.3 point in transportation and storage and by +0.2 point in business support activities. The turnover’s variation has been confirmed in the “wholesale trade...” and in real estate activities.

Tableau 1 – 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 0.1 0.7 3.6 11.0
Wholesale on a fee or contract basis 166 –0.9 1.5 0.1 5.5
Wholesale of agricultural raw materials and live animals 62 –0.3 1.7 8.4 32.3
Wholesale of food. beverages and tobacco 183 –0.4 1.3 2.7 7.4
Wholesale of household goods 173 1.2 1.0 –0.2 3.9
Wholesale of professional equipment goods 215 0.6 –3.7 4.1 11.7
Other specialised wholesale 193 0.2 3.3 8.7 18.3
H Transportation and storage 1000 1.6 1.2 3.3 5.8
J Information and communication 1000 –0.6 –2.5 2.5 4.0
L Real estate activities 1000 0.2 0.1 0.5 2.6
M+N Business support activities 1000 –1.2 0.8 1.1 6.1
M Professional. scientific and technical activities 626 –2.5 2.0 0.5 5.3
N Administrative and support service activities 374 1.0 –1.2 2.3 7.5
  • (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