In March 2011, the turnover bounced in the trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles but weakened in the retail tradeSales volume in the retail trade and personal services - March 2011

In March 2011, the turnover jumped in the trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+4.0%), and slightly increased in households services (+0.4%). Conversely, it declined in the retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles (–0.5%) and in accommodation and food service activities (–0.3%).

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

In March 2011, the turnover jumped in the trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+4.0%), and slightly increased in households services (+0.4%). Conversely, it declined in the retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles (–0.5%) and in accommodation and food service activities (–0.3%).

Graph1_Anglais – Retail trade and personal services

  • Source : INSEE

Please note that the « retail trade… » chart (47) includes the early estimate for April 2011.

Quarter on quarter (q-o-q), the turnover rose in the trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+4.4%), and, to a lesser extent, in accommodation and food service activities (+1.6%), in the “retail trade…” (+1.3%) and in household services (+1.3%).

Year on year (y-o-y), the turnover grew in the trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+7.1%), in the “retail trade…” (+5.0%), in accommodation and food services activities (+2.3%) and in households services (+2.1%).

According to our estimate, the turnover in the “retail trade…” is expected to pick up in April 2011 (+1.3%).

The SA-WDA evolution in February has been revised by –1.4 point in the “retail trade...”. The increase, initially announced at +1.9 %, has been corrected at +0.5 % : the raw series of the sectors hypermarkets and retail sale of information and communication equipment in specialised stores have strongly been corrected. In the same period, the SA-WDA evolution has been revised by +0.2 point in accommodation and food service activities and by –0.1 point in the trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles. The turnover’s variation has been confirmed in households services.

Tableau 1 – 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 4.0 –2.2 4.4 7.1
47 Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 –0.5 0.5 1.3 5.0
471 Retail sale in non-specialised stores 415 –0.3 –0.2 0.3 2.7
472 to 477 Retail sale in specialised stores 545 –0.5 0.8 2.0 6.5
478 and 479 Retail trade not in stores 40 –5.2 4.5 2.9 5.6
I Accommodation and food service activities 1000 –0.3 –0.3 1.6 2.3
R+S Households services 1000 0.4 –1.4 1.3 2.1
R Arts, entertainment and recreation 472 0.8 –1.4 1.5 3.6
S Other service activities 528 0.1 –1.4 1.2 0.8
  • (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

Tableau 2 – Turnover indices: early estimate*

SA-WDA volume, Base year 2005
Turnover indices: early estimate*
Change in %
April 2011/ March 2011 April 2011/ April 2010
47 Retail trade… 1.3 4.4
  • * Econometric estimate from a set of sources available within 30 days after the end of the reference month
  • Source: INSEE