In January 2014, the turnover decreased in the wholesale trade and in business servicesTurnover in the wholesale trade and business services - January 2014

In January 2014, the turnover decreased in real estate activities (–1.0%), in business support activities (–0.8%), in transportation and storage (–0.7%) and in the wholesale trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles (–0.6%). On the opposite, it increased in information and communication (+3.0%).

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In January 2014, the turnover decreased in real estate activities (–1.0%), in business support activities (–0.8%), in transportation and storage (–0.7%) and in the wholesale trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles (–0.6%). On the opposite, it increased in information and communication (+3.0%).

Graph1_anglais – Wholesale trade and business services

  • Source: INSEE

Decline in the wholesale trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles…

In January, the turnover declined in the wholesale trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles (–0.6%) after a rise in December (+1.4%). It went down in the wholesale on a fee or contract basis (–1.7%), in other specialised wholesale (–1.2%) and in the wholesale of household goods (–0.7%), food, beverages and tobacco (–0.6%) and other machinery, equipment and supplies (–0.9%). On the other hand, it grew substantially in the wholesale of information and communication equipment (+3.0%) and in non specialised wholesale trade (+3.9%).

The turnover of the wholesale trade rose very slightly over the last three months (+0.2%, q-o-q), but decreased over the year (–0.5%, y-o-y).

… in transportation and storage…

In January, the turnover of transportation and storage slided (–0.7%) after an increase in December (+1.8%). It declined in land transport and transport via pipelines (–1.0%), in air transport (–1.8%) and in water transport (–1.3%). It stabilized in warehousing and support activities for transportation (–0.1%) and in postal and courier activities (–0.1%).

The turnover of transportation and storage held steady over the last three months (+0.1%, q-o-q), and increased over the year (+0.6%, y-o-y).

…and in real estate activities

The turnover of real estate activities decreased in January (–1.0%) after a slight rise in December (+0.4%). It went up by 1.6% over the last three months, as well as over the year.

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 Jan./Dec. Dec./Nov. q-o-q (1) y-o-y (2)
46 Wholesale trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 –0.6 1.4 0.2 –0.5
H Transportation and storage 1000 –0.7 1.8 0.1 0.6
J Information and communication 1000 3.0 0.2 0.7 –2.6
L Real estate activities 1000 –1.0 0.4 1.6 1.6
M+N Business support activities 1000 –0.8 0.5 0.8 2.0
M Professional, scientific and technical activities 579 –1.7 –0.2 0.9 2.4
N Administrative and support service activities 421 0.4 1.5 0.8 1.5
  • (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

Increase in information and communication

In January, the rise of the turnover intensified in information and communication (+3.0% after +0.2% in December). It soared in telecommunications (+6.6%) and in publishing activities (+3.9%). It grew slightly in computer programming, consultancy and related activities (+0.4%) and information service activities (+0.3%). On the opposite, it diminished in programming and broadcasting activities (–1.0%) and more moderately in motion picture, video and television programme production (–0.4%).

The turnover of information and communication rose over the last three months (+0.7%, q-o-q), but decreased over the year (–2.6%, y-o-y).

Decrease in business support activities

In January, the turnover dipped in business support activities (–0.8%), after a rise in December (+0.5%). The turnover of professional, scientific and technical activities declined (–1.7%) in particular in activities of head offices (–1.6%), legal and accounting activities (–3.2%), architectural and engineering activities (–0.8%) and advertising and market research (–1.2%). On the other hand, the turnover increased moderately in administrative and support service activities (+0.4%): travel agency, tour operator (+4.1%) and employment activities (+0.8%) rose whereas office administrative, office support and other business support activities (–0.5%) and services to buildings and landscape activities (–0.4%) decreased.

The turnover increased over the last three months (+0.8%, q-o-q) and over the year (+2.0%, y-o-y).

Revisions

The change in December has been revised by +0.6 point in real estate activities, by –0.5 point in information and communication, by –0.3 point in the wholesale trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles and in transportation and storage and by –0.2 point 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 Jan. 2014 Jan./Dec. Dec./Nov. q-o-q (1)
46 Wholesale trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 110.9 –0.6 1.4 0.2
461 Wholesale on a fee or contract basis 152 117.7 –1.7 2.6 0.8
462 Wholesale of agricultural raw materials and live animals 54 125.4 –0.2 8.6 –0.7
463 Wholesale of food, beverages and tobacco 170 112.5 –0.6 2.2 –0.1
464 Wholesale of household goods 207 105.8 –0.7 1.3 1.6
465 Wholesale of information and communication equipment 61 104.0 3.0 –0.2 2.8
466 Wholesale of other machinery, equipment and supplies 125 112.5 –0.9 1.0 –0.8
467 Other specialised wholesale 197 106.8 –1.2 –1.1 –1.1
469 Non specialised wholesale trade 34 110.5 3.9 –0.5 –2.0
H Transportation and storage 1000 107.4 –0.7 1.8 0.1
49 Land transport and transport via pipelines 407 108.6 –1.0 2.3 –0.2
50 Water transport 73 110.0 –1.3 0.4 –1.5
51 Air transport 91 106.4 –1.8 2.1 0.9
52 Warehousing and support activities for transportation 360 107.1 –0.1 1.8 0.4
53 Postal and courier activities 69 100.0 –0.1 –0.2 1.0
J Information and communication 1000 104.9 3.0 0.2 0.7
58 Publishing activities 158 105.0 3.9 –3.9 1.7
59 Motion picture, video and television programme production… 76 103.2 –0.4 2.8 3.3
60 Programming and broadcasting activities 61 103.0 –1.0 2.1 –2.0
61 Telecommunications 396 98.0 6.6 0.9 –0.2
62 Computer programming, consultancy and related activities 251 115.4 0.4 1.0 1.6
63 Information service activities 58 110.4 0.3 –1.9 –1.3
L Real estate activities 1000 102.2 –1.0 0.4 1.6
681 Buying and selling of own real estate 96 93.2 6.9 –2.1 10.5
682 Renting and operating of own or leased real estate 691 104.0 0.4 –0.6 0.2
683 Real estate activities on a fee or contract basis 213 100.2 –8.2 4.6 3.2
M+N Business support activities 1000 110.3 –0.8 0.5 0.8
M Professional, scientific and technical activities 579 109.5 –1.7 –0.2 0.9
69 Legal and accounting activities 90 104.0 –3.2 –0.2 –0.1
70 Activities of head offices… 219 115.6 –1.6 1.5 1.8
71 Architectural and engineering activities… 151 108.9 –0.8 –3.7 0.6
72 Scientific research and development 26 101.1 –2.3 –1.1 –1.9
73 Advertising and market research 68 101.4 –1.2 1.3 0.8
74 Other professional, scientific and technical activities 19 110.1 –3.3 2.4 –0.4
75 Veterinary activities 6 112.5 0.2 0.5 0.7
N Administrative and support service activities 421 111.5 0.4 1.5 0.8
77 Rental and leasing activities 98 110.2 0.2 1.1 0.5
78 Employment activities 80 111.0 0.8 1.9 1.8
79 Travel agency, tour operator… 42 108.1 4.1 1.9 –0.8
80 Security and investigation activities 21 111.5 –0.2 –0.7 –1.3
81 Services to buildings and landscape activities 50 111.1 –0.4 2.0 1.3
82 Office administrative, office support and other business support activities 131 113.9 –0.5 1.6 1.2
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months / three previous months.
  • Source: INSEE