In April 2011, the turnover increased in business support activities but fell in transportation and storageTurnover in the wholesale trade and business services - April 2011

In April 2011, the turnover rose in business support activities (+1.2%), in information and communication (+0.9%) and, to a lesser extent, in real estate activities (+0.3%). It was unchanged in the “wholesale trade…” (+0.0%). Conversely, it dropped in transportation and storage (–1.9%) after an increase last three months.

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

In April 2011, the turnover rose in business support activities (+1.2%), in information and communication (+0.9%) and, to a lesser extent, in real estate activities (+0.3%). It was unchanged in the “wholesale trade…” (+0.0%). Conversely, it dropped in transportation and storage (–1.9%) after an increase last three months.

Graph1_anglais – Wholesale trade and business service

  • Source : INSEE

Quarter on quarter (q-o-q), the turnover went up : by 2.2% in the “wholesale trade...”, by 1.5% in transportation and storage, by 1.1% in business support activities, by 0.7% in information and communication and by 0.6% in real estate activities.

Year on year (y-o-y), the turnover grew by 10.2% in the “wholesale trade...”. It also rose in business support activities (+6.2 %), in transportation and storage (+4.1 %), in real estate activities (+2.9%) and in information and communication (+2.3%).

The SA-WDA evolution in March has been revised by –0.3 point in business support activities. The decrease, initially announced at –1.2%, is corrected at –1.5%. In the same period, the SA-WDA evolution has been revised by +0.1 point in information and communication, +0.1 point in transportation and storage, and –0.1 point in the “wholesale trade..”. The turnover’s variation has been confirmed 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 April/ March March/Feb. q-o-q (1) y-o-y (2)
46 Wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 0.0 0.0 2.2 10.2
Wholesale on a fee or contract basis 166 0.9 –0.9 0.6 5.7
Wholesale of agricultural raw materials and live animals 62 0.6 –0.3 5.8 31.1
Wholesale of food, beverages and tobacco 183 1.1 –0.2 2.5 7.9
Wholesale of household goods 173 –1.3 1.3 0.1 3.1
Wholesale of professional equipement goods 215 1.7 0.2 1.3 10.3
Other specialised wholesale 193 –2.6 –0.5 4.7 15.8
H Transportation and storage 1000 –1.9 1.7 1.5 4.1
J Information and communication 1000 0.9 –0.5 0.7 2.3
L Real estate activities 1000 0.3 0.2 0.6 2.9
M+N Business support activities 1000 1.2 –1.5 1.1 6.2
M Professional, scientific and technical activities 626 1.9 –1.8 1.7 6.8
N Administrative and support service activities 374 0.1 –0.8 0.1 5.3
  • (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