In May 2011, the turnover increased in the trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles but declined in the retail tradeSales volume in the retail trade and personal services - May 2011

In May 2011, the turnover went up in the trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+1.5 %) after a fall (–4.6 %) in april 2011. It also increased in household services (+1.3 %). The turnover in accommodation and food service activities was broadly steady (0.0 %). It weakened in the retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles (–1.5 %).

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

In May 2011, the turnover went up in the trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+1.5 %) after a fall (–4.6 %) in april 2011. It also increased in household services (+1.3 %). The turnover in accommodation and food service activities was broadly steady (0.0 %). It weakened in the retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles (–1.5 %).

Graph1_Anglais – Retail trade and personal services

  • Source : INSEE

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

Quarter on quarter (q-o-q), the turnover grew in the trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+0.9%), in accommodation and food service activities (+0.8%). It was quite stable in the “retail trade…” (0.0%) and in household services (–0.1%).

Year on year (y-o-y), the turnover rose in the trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+5.5%), in the “retail trade…” (+2.7%), in accommodation and food services activities (+1.2%) and, to a lesser extent, in households services (+0.3%).

According to our estimate, the turnover in the “retail trade…” is expected to bounce in June 2011 (+0.6%).

The April’s indexes have been barely revised. The variation has been confirmed in the trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles, in the “retail trade...”, in accommodation and food service activities and in household services.

Tableau 1 – Monthly turnover indices

SA-WDA volume, Base year 2005
Monthly turnover indices
Change in %
Classification NAF rev. 2 Weight May/ April April/ March q-o-q (1) y-o-y (2)
45 Trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 1.5 –4.6 0.9 5.5
47 Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 –1.5 0.5 0.0 2.7
471 Retail sale in non-specialised stores 415 –2.0 0.6 –0.5 1.0
472 to 477 Retail sale in specialised stores 545 –1.0 0.5 0.5 3.9
478 and 479 Retail trade not in stores 40 –0.8 0.6 –2.9 2.8
I Accommodation and food service activities 1000 0.1 1.2 0.8 1.2
R+S Households services 1000 1.3 –1.1 –0.1 0.3
R Arts, entertainment and recreation 472 3.4 –1.4 0.2 2.1
S Other service activities 528 –0.5 –0.8 –0.3 –1.4
  • (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 %
June 2011/ May 2011 June 2011/ June 2010
47 Retail trade… 0.6 3.0
  • * Econometric estimate from a set of sources available within 30 days after the end of the reference month
  • Source: INSEE