In March 2014, the sales volume increased in household services and retail tradeSales volume in the retail trade and personal services - March 2014

In March 2014, the sales volume rose in household services (+0.8%), in the trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+0.6%) and in the retail trade except for motor vehicles and motorcycles (+0.5%). On the opposite, it declined again in accommodation and food services (–1.5%).

Except indices from Emagsa survey, every index in this issue is in volume and seasonally and working-day adjusted (SA-WDA).

The commentary shows evolutions of subsections by decreasing contributions. The contribution of a subsection depends on the extent of the evolution and on its weight..

In March 2014, the sales volume rose in household services (+0.8%), in the trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+0.6%) and in the retail trade except for motor vehicles and motorcycles (+0.5%). On the opposite, it declined again in accommodation and food services (–1.5%).

Graph1_Anglais – Volume of sales in the retail trade and personal services

  • Source: INSEE

Increase in the retail trade except for motor vehicles and motorcycles

In March, sales volume in retail trade except for motor vehicles and motorcycles grew (+0.5%) after a near-stability in February (–0.1%). In April, the sales volume is expected to edge up by +1.5 %.

The rise concerned specialised stores (+1.0%) and retail trade not in stores (stalls or markets or via mail order houses or Internet) (+0.6%). By contrast, sales volume slided in non specialised stores (–0.4%). In specialised stores, it rebounded in retail sale of automotive fuel (+3.9% after –3.5%) and increased significantly in retail sale of other goods (such as clothing, pharmaceuticals…) (+1.6%) while it fell back in retail sale of food, beverages and tobacco (–2.7%).

Over the last three months (q-o-q), the sales volume declined slightly in the retail trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles (–0.3%) but increased year on year (+1.2%).

Tab1_anglais – Variation of sales volume in the retail trade and personal services

SA-WDA volume, Base year 2010
Variation of sales volume in the retail trade and personal services
Change in %
NACE Classification Weight March/ Feb. Feb./ Jan. q-o-q (1) y-o-y (2)
47 Retail trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 0.5 –0.1 –0.3 1.2
471 Retail sale in non-specialised stores 369 –0.4 0.0 –0.7 –1.3
472 to 477 Retail sale in specialised stores 573 1.0 0.0 0.0 2.8
478 and 479 Retail trade not in stores 58 0.6 –1.5 –0.9 0.5
45 Trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 0.6 0.2 –2.2 –0.4
I Accommodation and food service activities 1000 –1.5 –0.1 –0.9 –1.8
R+S Household services 1000 0.8 1.8 0.7 0.4
R Arts, entertainment and recreation 449 1.3 2.4 0.3 0.0
S Other service activities 551 0.4 1.3 1.1 0.8
  • (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 different levels of aggregation of the classification NAF rev.2
  • Source: INSEE

Tabprecoce_anglais – Variation of sales volume in the retail trade : early estimate*

SA-WDA volume. Base year 2010
Variation of sales volume in the retail trade : early estimate*
Change in  %
April 2014/ March 2014 April 2014/ April 2013
47 Retail trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles 1.5 3.2
  • * Econometric estimate from a set of sources available within 30 days after the end of the reference month
  • Source: INSEE

Rise confirmed in trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles

The growth of sales volume in trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles was confirmed (+0.6% after +0.2% in February). It rebounded in the sale of motor vehicles (+0.7%) and increased again in the trade of motor vehicle parts and acessories (+0.6%).

The sales volume declined significantly over the last three months (–2.2%) and slightly year on year (–0.4%).

Tab2_anglais – Variation of sales volume in the retail trade and personal services

SA-WDA volume. Base year 2010
Variation of sales volume in the retail trade and personal services
Change in %
Nace Classification Weight March 2014 March/Feb. Feb. /Jan. q-o-q (1)
47 Retail trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 104.2 0.5 –0.1 –0.3
471 Non-specialised stores 369 98.7 –0.4 0.0 –0.7
472 à 477 Specialised stores 573 107.8 1.0 0.0 0.0
472 Retail sale of food. beverages and tobacco in specialised stores 49 99.5 –2.7 0.2 0.0
473 Retail sale of automotive fuel 78 96.9 3.9 –3.5 –1.9
474 Retail sale of information and communication equipment 28 138.7 –0.9 –0.2 0.2
475 Retail sale of other household equipment 112 100.5 0.3 0.0 0.1
476 Retail sale of cultural and recreation goods 48 100.2 –0.1 2.9 –0.9
477 Retail sale of other goods in specialised stores 258 113.9 1.6 0.5 0.7
478 et 479 Retail trade not in stores 58 103.3 0.6 –1.5 –0.9
45 Wholesale and retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 94.4 0.6 0.2 –2.2
451 Sale of motor vehicles 671 92.4 0.7 –0.5 –2.7
452 Maintenance and repair of motor vehicles 78 90.2 –1.1 1.9 –2.7
453 Sale of motor vehicle parts and accessories 227 102.1 0.6 1.4 –1.1
454 Sale. maintenance and repair of motorcycles and related parts and accessories 24 91.0 1.3 1.3 0.2
I Accommodation and food service activities 1000 93.2 –1.5 –0.1 –0.9
55 Accommodation 255 92.6 –4.2 –0.4 –1.5
56 Food and beverage service activities 745 93.4 –0.6 0.1 –0.7
561 Restaurants… 549 93.0 –0.2 –0.6 –0.6
562 Event catering… 116 99.2 –2.0 3.4 –1.5
563 Beverage serving activities 80 87.7 –1.1 –0.7 –0.4
R+S Household services 1000 99.1 0.8 1.8 0.7
R Arts, entertainment and recreation 449 98.6 1.3 2.4 0.3
90 Creative. arts and entertainment activities 115 100.1 1.7 0.0 3.4
91 Libraries. archives. museums… 11 108.9 0.8 3.5 2.0
92 Gambling and betting activities 119 106.1 2.5 7.9 –0.5
93 Sports activities and amusement... 204 92.9 0.2 0.4 –1.0
S Other service activities 551 99.5 0.4 1.3 1.1
95 Repair of computers… 228 102.9 1.7 3.2 3.0
96 Other personal service activities 323 97.0 –0.6 0.0 –0.3
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months / three previous months.
  • Source: Insee

Fall in accommodation and food service activities

Sales volume in accommodation and food service activities fell (–1.5%) after a near-stabilty in February (–0.1%). It plunged in accommodation (–4.2%) and in event catering and other food services (–2.0%). It decreased slightly in restaurants and fast food services (–0.2%).

The sales volume of the whole sector was down the last three months (–0.9%) and year on year (–1.8%).

Another rise in household services

Sales volume in household services went on increasing in March (+0.8% after +1.8% in February). It grew significantly in repair of computers and personal and household goods (+1.7%) and in gambling and betting activities (+2.5%).

The sales volume in household services increased over the last three months (+0.7%) and year on year (+0.4%).

Revisions

Changes for February were revised by +0.2 point in household services.and by –0.1 point in retail trade except for motor vehicles and motorcycles and in accommodation and food services activities. The sector of trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles remained unchanged.

Monthly survey about large-scale food retailing

Turnover in large-scale food retailing dipped slightly in April (–0.1%). Sales declined whatever the type of products but the fall was significant for automotive fuel (–1.0%).

Tab3_anglais – Monthly turnover indices in large scale food retailing

SA-WDA volume. Base year 2010
Monthly turnover indices in large scale food retailing
Change in %
April/ March March/ Feb. q-o-q (1) y-o-y (1)
Turnover –0.1 0.1 –1.4 –0.3
Including
Sales of food products –0.3 –0.2 –1.0 –0.9
Sales of non-food products –0.3 –0.1 0.2 –2.0
Sales of automotive fuel –1.0 0.6 –6.0 –6.7
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months / three previous months.
  • Source: INSEE - Monthly survey about large-scale food retailing (Emagsa)