In October 2014, the business climate remains deteriorated in the retail trade and in the trade and repair of motor vehiclesMonthly survey of retailing - October 2014

According to the managers surveyed in October 2014, the business climate synthetic indicator remains deteriorated in the retail trade and in the trade and repair of motor vehicles. It has stabilised at 90, significantly under its average.

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Paru le : 23/10/2014
Prochaine parution le : 26/09/2017 at 08:45 - September 2017

According to the managers surveyed in October 2014, the business climate synthetic indicator remains deteriorated in the retail trade and in the trade and repair of motor vehicles. It has stabilised at 90, significantly under its average.

graph_indsynt_en – Business climate synthetic indicator

A still marked down past activity

Fewer business leaders than in September have declared a fall in their past sales. However, the corresponding balance of opinion has stayed substantially under its average. Nearly as many managers have anticipated a decline of their activity over the next few months: both balances concerning expected sales and ordering intentions have remained low. The general business outlook for trade has stayed pessimistic.

Stocks are still estimed slightly under the standard level.

Graph_ventes_ic_en – Recent sales and ordering intentions

tab1_en – Global data

Balances of opinion, in %, S.A.
Global data
Ave. (1) July 14 Aug. 14 Sept. 14 Oct. 14
Business climate 100 99 91 90 90
General business outlook –30 –35 –40 –42 –41
Recent sales –7 –6 –20 –31 –24
Expected sales –3 –4 –21 –15 –12
Ordering intentions –9 –9 –18 –17 –18
Stocks 10 6 4 7 7
Past selling prices (2) –6 –16 –17
Expected selling prices –3 –10 –13 –15 –16
Cash position (2) –15 –20 –19
Workforce size: recent trend 0 0 –3 –2 –4
Workforce size: future trend –2 –6 –12 –11 –13
  • (1) Average since 1991 (2004 for recent and expected sales and ordering intentions).
  • (2) Bi-monthly question (odd-numbered months).
  • Source: monthly survey in the retail trade and in the trade and repair of motor vehicles - INSEE

Pessimistic future workforce trend

According to managers, workforce trend has moderatly declined over the last few months. It might come down over the next months: the corresponding balance has reached the October 2009 level.

Retail trade

Sluggish past and expected activities

Fewer non-specialised retailers than in September have indicated a drop in their past activity, but the corresponding balance is still very low. They have been fewer too to anticipate a fall in their expected sales and ordering intentions. Nevertheless, each of both balances has remained under its average.

According to specialised retailers, past and expected activities have slightly declined. Each of the three balances concerning past sales, expected sales and ordering intentions has remained under its mean level.

Stocks have been globally considered under the normal level.

Retailers have gone on anticipating a fall in expected selling prices.

Trade and repair of motor vehicles

graph_ventes_ic_auto_en – Recent sales and ordering intentions in motor vehicles

Less grim expectations

In trade and repair of motor vehicles, fewer managers have declared a decrease in their past sales, the corresponding balance being lower than its average. However expectations are less grim: each of both balances concerning expected sales and ordering intentions has recovered and is now near its average.

The level of stocks has been still considered low.

As many vehicles leaders than over the last interrogation have anticipated a decline in expected selling prices.

tab2_en – Detailed data

Balances of opinion, in %, S.A.
Detailed data
Ave. (1) July 14 Aug. 14 Sept. 14 Oct. 14
Retail trade - Global data
Recent sales –6 –6 –23 –33 –26
Expected sales 0 –4 –21 –14 –12
Ordering intentions –7 –10 –19 –15 –19
Stocks 10 6 4 6 7
Past selling prices (2) –8 –22 –20
Expected selling prices –5 –17 –14 –19 –19
Cash position (2) –13 –18 –20
Workforce size: recent trend 1 3 –1 1 –3
Workforce size: future trend –2 –5 –11 –12 –14
Non-specialized retail trade
Recent sales –2 4 –21 –44 –28
Expected sales 5 6 –18 –10 –1
Ordering intentions 1 1 –13 –12 –10
Stocks 7 3 4 3 4
Past selling prices (2) –8 –29 –27
Expected selling prices –5 –21 –17 –29 –24
Cash position (2) –7 –9 –14
Specialized retail trade
Recent sales –10 –18 –26 –19 –24
Expected sales –7 –19 –21 –17 –20
Ordering intentions –17 –21 –24 –21 –25
Stocks 14 10 4 10 11
Past selling prices (2) –8 –13 –12
Expected selling prices –5 –12 –10 –6 –13
Cash position (2) –22 –27 –28
Trade and repair of motor cars and motorcycles
Recent sales –12 –6 –11 –25 –21
Expected sales –10 –8 –19 –19 –10
Ordering intentions –14 –15 –16 –19 –16
Stocks 15 3 6 7 8
Past selling prices (2) 1 –2 –9
Expected selling prices 4 7 –9 –3 –2
Cash position (2) –26 –22 –20
Workforce size: recent trend –10 –8 –9 –11 –12
Workforce size: future trend –8 –11 –12 –11 –11
  • (1) Average since 1991 (2003 for trade and repair of motor vehicles and 2004 for recent and expected sales and ordering intentions).
  • (2) Bi-monthly question (odd-numbered months).
  • Source: INSEE - monthly survey in the retail trade and in the trade and repair of motor vehicles