In May 2011, the turnover surged in transportation and storage and in business support activitiesTurnover in the wholesale trade and business services - May 2011

In May 2011, the turnover soared in transportation and storage (+5.0 %). It also increased in business support activities (+2.9 %) and, to a lesser extent, in information and communication (+0.5 %) and in the “wholesale trade…” (+0.4 %). It was stable in real estate activities (0.0 %).

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

In May 2011, the turnover soared in transportation and storage (+5.0 %). It also increased in business support activities (+2.9 %) and, to a lesser extent, in information and communication (+0.5 %) and in the “wholesale trade…” (+0.4 %). It was stable in real estate activities (0.0 %).

Graph1_anglais – Wholesale trade and business service

  • Source : INSEE

Quarter on quarter (q-o-q), the turnover rose : by 2.7 % in transportation and storage, by 1.6 % in the “wholesale trade...”, by 1.5 % in business support activities, by 0.4 % in information and communication and by 0.4 % in real estate activities.

Year on year (y-o-y), the turnover increased by 9.5 % in the “wholesale trade...”. It also rose in business support activities (+7.2 %), in transportation and storage (+6.2 %) and, to a lesser extent, in real estate activities (+2.6 %) and in information and communication (+1.9 %).

The SA-WDA evolution in March has been revised by –0.4 point in transportation and storage. The decrease, initially announced at –1.9 %, is corrected at –2.3 %. In the same period, the SA-WDA evolution has been revised by +0.3 point in the “wholesale trade..”, +0.3 point in business support, +0.1 point in real estate activities and –0.1 point in information and communication. These revisions are mostly due to the new calculation of the SA-WDA coefficients.

Tableau 1 – Monthly turnover indices

SA-WDA value, 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)
46 Wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 0.4 0.3 1.6 9.5
Wholesale on a fee or contract basis 166 0.7 0.9 0.9 6.4
Wholesale of agricultural raw materials and live animals 62 2.3 0.7 4.6 29.8
Wholesale of food. beverages and tobacco 183 –0.8 1.2 1.7 7.0
Wholesale of household goods 173 1.2 –0.8 1.5 3.0
Wholesale of professional equipement goods 215 –0.8 2.1 0.6 10.3
Other specialised wholesale 193 0.9 –2.0 2.2 13.1
H Transportation and storage 1000 5.0 –2.3 2.7 6.2
J Information and communication 1000 0.5 0.8 0.4 1.9
L Real estate activities 1000 0.0 0.4 0.4 2.6
M+N Business support activities 1000 2.9 1.5 1.5 7.2
M Professional. scientific and technical activities 626 1.7 2.3 1.4 7.7
N Administrative and support service activities 374 4.8 0.2 1.5 6.3
  • (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