In March 2014, the turnover decreased in the wholesale trade, but improved in transportation and storageTurnover in the wholesale trade and business services - March 2014

In March 2014, the turnover increased in transportation and storage (+0.6%). It grew more moderately in real estate activities (+0.3%) and in information and communication (+0.2%). On the opposite, it declined slightly in the wholesale trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles (–0.2%). It levelled off in business support activities (–0.1%).

Every index in this issue is in value, seasonally and working day adjusted. 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 turnover increased in transportation and storage (+0.6%). It grew more moderately in real estate activities (+0.3%) and in information and communication (+0.2%). On the opposite, it declined slightly in the wholesale trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles (–0.2%). It levelled off in business support activities (–0.1%).

Graph1_anglais – Wholesale trade and business services

  • Source: INSEE

Slight decrease in the wholesale trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles

In March, the turnover declined slightly in the wholesale trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles (–0.2%) after a slight improvement in February (+0.3%). It plunged in the wholesale of agricultural raw materials and live animals (–6.4%) and went down in the wholesale of household goods (–1.2%) and in the wholesale of other machinery, equipment and supplies (–0.9%). Conversely, the turnover grew in the other specialised wholesale (+2.4%), in the wholesale of information and communication equipment (+1.3%) and in the wholesale on a fee or contract basis (+0.4%). The turnover of the wholesale trade was almost stable over the last quarter (+0.1%, q-o-q), and decreased very slightly over the year (–0.2%, y-o-y).

Further increase in transportation and storage

In March, the turnover of transportation and storage grew again (+0.6%, after +0.4% in February). It increased in land transport and transport via pipelines (+1.9%) and in warehousing and support activities for transportation (+0.8%). It rised slightly in water transport (+0.2%). By contrast, it fell in postal and courier activities (–5.5%) and in air transport (–1.6%).

The turnover of transportation and storage improved over the last three months (+1.3%, q-o-q), and, to a greater extent, over the year (+2.8%, y-o-y).

Rise in real estate activities

The turnover of real estate activities rose again in March (+0.3% after +0.7% in February). It went up very slightly over the last quarter (+0.2%), and more sharply over the year (+1.2%).

Tab1_anglais – Variation of the turnover in the wholesale trade and business services

SA-WDA value, Base year 2010
Variation of the turnover in the wholesale trade and business services
Change in %
Nace classification Weight March/Feb. Feb./Jan. q-o-q (1) y-o-y (2)
46 Wholesale trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 –0.2 0.3 0.1 –0.2
H Transportation and storage 1000 0.6 0.4 1.3 2.8
J Information and communication 1000 0.2 –2.1 1.3 –1.4
L Real estate activities 1000 0.3 0.7 0.2 1.2
M+N Business support activities 1000 –0.1 0.8 0.0 1.8
M Professional, scientific and technical activities 579 –0.6 1.6 –1.1 1.0
N Administrative and support service activities 421 0.5 –0.2 1.4 3.0
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months / three previous months
  • (2) Year-on-year: last three months / three same months of previous year
  • The codes correspond to different levels of aggregation of the NACE classification.
  • Source: INSEE

Slight rebound in information and communication

In March, the turnover recovered slightly in information and communication (+0.2% after –2.1% in February). It increased in publishing activities (+2.1%), in information service activities (+1.6%), in computer programming, consultancy and related activities (+0.3%), in programming and broadcasting activities (+0.8%) as well as in motion picture, video and television programme production (+0.7%). By contrast, the turnover decreased again in telecommunications (–1.1%).

The turnover of information and communication rose over the last quarter (+1.3%, q-o-q), but decreased over the year (–1.4%, y-o-y).

Near-stability in business support activities

In March, the turnover stabilised in business support activities (–0.1%), after an increase in February (+0.8%). The turnover declined in the professional, scientific and technical activities (–0.6%): in particular, it dropped in architectural and engineering activities… (–2.2%) and in legal and accounting activities (–2.5%) but grew in activities of head offices… (+0.6%). Conversely, the turnover in administrative and support service activities rose by 0.5%: it increased in employment activities (+1.5%) and in office administrative, office support and other business support activities (+0.5%) but fell in travel agency, tour operator… (–2.3%).

The turnover held steady over the last quarter (+0.0%, q-o-q) and improved over the year (+1.8%, y-o-y).

Revisions

The change in February was revised by –0.8 point in transportation and storage. Announced at +1.2%, the turnover was revised at 0.4%. It was revised by –0.1 point in real estate activities and by +0.1 point in information and communication. It remained unchanged in the wholesale trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles and in business support activities.

Tab2_anglais – Variation of the turnover in the wholesale trade and business services

SA-WDA value, Base year 2010
Variation of the turnover in the wholesale trade and business services
Variation en %
Nace Classification Weight March 2014 March/Feb. Feb./ Jan. q-o-q (1)
46 Wholesale trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 110.7 –0.2 0.3 0.1
461 Wholesale on a fee or contract basis 152 116.5 0.4 –1.0 –0.7
462 Wholesale of agricultural raw materials and live animals 54 118.2 –6.4 1.6 3.0
463 Wholesale of food, beverages and tobacco 170 111.3 –0.2 –0.1 –0.5
464 Wholesale of household goods 207 105.8 –1.2 2.2 0.3
465 Wholesale of information and communication equipment 61 104.7 1.3 –2.7 3.7
466 Wholesale of other machinery, equipment and supplies 125 113.4 –0.9 1.5 0.4
467 Other specialised wholesale 197 109.0 2.4 –0.3 –1.5
469 Non specialised wholesale trade 34 110.9 0.6 –0.6 3.2
H Transportation and storage 1000 109.3 0.6 0.4 1.3
49 Land transport and transport via pipelines 407 112.6 1.9 0.8 2.1
50 Water transport 73 115.3 0.2 3.0 1.1
51 Air transport 91 102.9 –1.6 –0.7 –1.7
52 Warehousing and support activities for transportation 360 108.7 0.8 –0.2 1.6
53 Postal and courier activities 69 95.0 –5.5 0.6 –1.5
J Information and communication 1000 102.7 0.2 –2.1 1.3
58 Publishing activities 158 104.2 2.1 –2.9 0.3
59 Motion picture, video and television programme production… 76 104.4 0.7 –0.1 2.7
60 Programming and broadcasting activities 61 105.5 0.8 1.6 0.0
61 Telecommunications 396 91.4 –1.1 –4.8 1.6
62 Computer programming, consultancy and related activities 251 116.0 0.3 –0.1 1.5
63 Information service activities 58 112.4 1.6 0.3 0.7
L Real estate activities 1000 103.3 0.3 0.7 0.2
681 Buying and selling of own real estate 96 91.2 –0.6 0.2 5.8
682 Renting and operating of own or leased real estate 691 104.9 0.2 0.5 0.5
683 Real estate activities on a fee or contract basis 213 103.7 0.8 1.5 –2.7
M+N Business support activities 1000 110.7 –0.1 0.8 0.0
M Professional, scientific and technical activities 579 110.1 –0.6 1.6 –1.1
69 Legal and accounting activities 90 107.1 –2.5 5.3 –0.8
70 Activities of head offices… 219 116.2 0.6 0.5 –0.4
71 Architectural and engineering activities… 151 105.9 –2.2 1.0 –3.4
72 Scientific research and development 26 107.5 2.5 3.4 0.3
73 Advertising and market research 68 103.6 0.6 1.0 0.9
74 Other professional, scientific and technical activities 19 111.3 –1.4 2.6 –1.6
75 Veterinary activities 6 114.0 0.4 0.6 1.3
N Administrative and support service activities 421 111.6 0.5 –0.2 1.4
77 Rental and leasing activities 98 110.6 0.3 0.0 1.0
78 Employment activities 80 110.3 1.5 –1.8 1.6
79 Travel agency, tour operator… 42 101.2 –2.3 –1.6 1.7
80 Security and investigation activities 21 116.1 1.0 1.5 2.5
81 Services to buildings and landscape activities 50 110.9 0.9 –1.0 0.5
82 Office administrative, office support and other business support activities 131 115.8 0.5 0.9 1.8
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months / three previous months.
  • Source: INSEE