In august 2013, the business climate improved slightly in services sectorMonthly survey of services - August 2013

According to business managers, the economic situation in services improved slightly in august 2013. The business climate synthetic indicator rose by two points, and reaches 88, still below its long-term average (100).

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No 196
Paru le : 29/08/2013
Prochaine parution le : 26/09/2017 at 08:45 - September 2017

All services sector

According to business managers, the economic situation in services improved slightly in august 2013. The business climate synthetic indicator rose by two points, and reaches 88, still below its long-term average (100).

Business managers consider that their activity remained damaged in the last few months. Their expectations of business and demand have been recovering slightly.

The general outlook rose by two points compared with July but remained well below its long-term average. The turning point indicator indicates a favourable economic dynamic.

Employment is still sluggish

In services sector (except temporary employment agencies), business managers consider that employment remained sluggish. However, more of them have been anticipating a rebound in employment for the coming months.

Table_quarter – Economic outlook in the services sector

Balances of opinion, in %, seasonally adjusted
Economic outlook in the services sector
Average* May 13 June 13 July 13 Aug. 13
Composite indicator 100 84 84 86 88
General outlook –7 –29 –27 –22 –20
Past activity 3 –16 –12 –16 –16
Expected activity 3 –11 –14 –14 –12
Expected demand 0 –17 –16 –13 –9
Business situation –2 –18 –16 –13 –15
Past selling prices –3 –12 –12 –12 –11
Expected selling prices –2 –12 –12 –13 –11
Past employment 3 –6 –5 –6 –6
except temporary work agencies 1 –5 –8 –5 –10
Expected employment 2 –13 –8 –7 –4
except temporary work agencies 0 –14 –10 –10 –6
Investments
Past investments 1 –4 –4 –5 –3
Expected investments 1 –5 –5 1 –1
  • * Average of the balances of opinion since 1988
  • Source: Insee

Graph1 – Composite indicator

Graph2 – Activity

Road transport

In road freight and mail activities, less business managers than in July consider that activity declined in the recent months. Their expectations of activity and demand have been recovering.

Accommodation and food service activities

In accommodation and food service activities, business managers assess that activity remained gloomy in the recent period. Their forecasts of business and demand are pessimistic.

Information and communication

In information and communication, business managers indicate that activity declined over the last few months. Their expectations for the coming months remain unfavorable.

Real estate activities

In real estate activities, the balance of opinion on past activity went up. However, business managers do not expect an improvement in the coming months.

Professional, scientific and technical activities

In professional, scientific and technical activities, business managers estimate that activity remained degraded in the recent period. Their expectations of activity and demand have been recovering slightly.

Administrative and support service activities

In administrative and support service activities, business managers indicate that activity remained dull in the recent period. Their forecasts of activity are unchanged even if they expect to benefit from a better demand in the coming months.

graph_bonus_ – Expected activity

Table_det – Detailed data

Balances of opinion, in %, seasonally adjusted
Detailed data
A21 Average* May 13 June 13 July 13 Aug. 13
(H) Road transport
Past activity –8 –36 –26 –31 –21
Expected activity –10 –20 –30 –24 –21
Expected demand –13 –30 –31 –29 –21
Past employment –8 –19 –17 –9 –7
Expected employment –11 –21 –18 –17 –13
(I) Accommodation and food service activities
Past activity –6 –39 –28 –19 –20
Expected activity –7 –25 –21 –27 –26
Expected demand –9 –27 –27 –31 –27
Past employment –4 –11 –14 –11 –18
Expected employment –5 –20 –14 –13 –13
(J) Information and communication
Past activity 11 –18 –8 –24 –32
Expected activity 12 –6 –14 –16 –13
Expected demand 12 –10 –11 0 –1
Past employment 7 –9 –3 –7 –10
Expected employment 12 –10 –10 –11 –7
(L) Real estate activities
Past activity 7 7 0 –2 3
Expected activity 8 –1 1 –1 0
Expected demand 2 –9 –3 –4 –5
Past employment 3 1 –3 1 –3
Expected employment 2 –1 –5 –5 0
(M) Professional, scientific and technical activities
Past activity –1 –10 –14 –14 –14
Expected activity –1 –13 –14 –16 –13
Expected demand –5 –22 –21 –21 –16
Past employment 1 3 –7 –4 –5
Expected employment 0 –11 –7 –6 –6
(N) Administrative and support service activities
Past activity 6 –9 –8 –11 –8
Expected activity 5 –9 –9 –6 –5
Expected demand 3 –12 –12 –8 1
Past employment 8 –6 4 –6 0
Expected employment 6 –10 –5 2 7
  • * Average of the balances of opinion since 1988 (2006 for road transport)