In May 2011, the economic situation in the retail trade and in the trade and repair of motor vehicles remains stableMonthly survey of retailing - May 2011

According to the business leaders questioned in May 2011, the economic situation in the retail trade and in the trade and repair of motor vehicles remains stable: the synthetic indicator has stayed at the same level for three surveys. It is still above its long-term average.

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Paru le : 24/05/2011
Prochaine parution le : 23/11/2017 at 08:45 - November 2017

According to the business leaders questioned in May 2011, the economic situation in the retail trade and in the trade and repair of motor vehicles remains stable: the synthetic indicator has stayed at the same level for three surveys. It is still above its long-term average.

Recent sales have not much changed. But if they have clearly progressed in non-specialised retail trade, they have decreased in motor vehicle trade.

Expected sales and ordering intentions decline. Overall economic expectations remain stable, over their long term average: retailers’opinion is still rather optimistic about the economic situation in the trade sector.

In retail trade, the balances of opinion corresponding to past and expected prices stabilize at a high level.

graph_indsynt_en – Business climate synthetic indicator

Graph_ventes_ic_en – Recent sales and ordering intentions

tab1_en – Global data

Balances of opinion, in %, s.a.
Global data
Ave. (1) Feb. 11 March 11 April 11 May 11
Business climate 100 105 104 105 105
General business outlook –29 –20 –20 –21 –20
Recent sales –3 2 –6 1 2
Expected sales 1 –4 –1 3 2
Ordering intentions –6 –5 –7 –3 –6
Stocks 10 5 10 10 9
Past selling prices (2) –6 3 4
Expected selling prices –3 6 8 9 9
Cash position (2) –14 –14 –14
Workforce size: recent trend 1 –3 –4 –3 0
Workforce size: future trend –1 –5 –4 –4 –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