In April 2011, the turnover bounced back in the trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles but went up in accommodation and food service activitiesSales volume in the retail trade and personal services - April 2011

In April 2011, the turnover strongly declined in the trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (–4.6%). It also decreased in household services (–1.1%) whereas it bounced in accommodation and food service activities (+1.2%) and in the retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+0.5).

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

In April 2011, the turnover strongly declined in the trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (–4.6%). It also decreased in household services (–1.1%) whereas it bounced in accommodation and food service activities (+1.2%) and in the retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+0.5).

Graph1_Anglais – Retail trade and personal services

  • Source : INSEE

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

Quarter on quarter (q-o-q), the turnover rose in the trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+1.1%), in accommodation and food service activities (+1.0%) and in the “retail trade…” (+1.0%). It was down in household services (–0.3%).

Year on year (y-o-y), the turnover grew in the trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+5.9%), in the “retail trade…” (+4.5%) and, to a lesser extent, in accommodation and food services activities (+1.6%). It was broadly stable in households services (+0.1%).

According to our estimate, the turnover in the “retail trade…” is expected to weaken in May 2011 (–0.7%).

The SA-WDA evolution in March has been revised by –0.5 point in household services. The variation, initially announced at +0.4 %, has been corrected at –0.1 %. In the same period, the SA-WDA evolution has been revised by +0.3 point in trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles, –0.3 point in accommodation and food service activities and –0.1 point in the “retail trade...”.

Tableau 1 – Monthly turnover indices

SA-WDA volume, Base year 2005
Monthly turnover indices
Change in %
Classification NAF rev. 2 Weight April/ March March/Feb. q-o-q (1) y-o-y (2)
45 Trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 –4.6 4.3 1.1 5.9
47 Retail trade. except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 0.5 –0.6 1.0 4.5
471 Retail sale in non-specialised stores 415 0.5 –0.2 –0.1 2.5
472 to 477 Retail sale in specialised stores 545 0.6 –0.6 1.6 5.8
478 and 479 Retail trade not in stores 40 0.7 –5.2 1.3 5.4
I Accommodation and food service activities 1000 1.2 –0.6 1.0 1.6
R+S Households services 1000 –1.1 –0.1 –0.3 0.1
R Arts. entertainment and recreation 472 –1.6 –0.3 –0.4 0.9
S Other service activities 528 –0.6 0.0 –0.1 –0.6
  • (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 %
May 2011/April 2011 May 2011/May 2010
47 Retail trade… –0.7 2.2
  • * Econometric estimate from a set of sources available within 30 days after the end of the reference month
  • Source: INSEE