In February 2014, the sales volume bounced in household servicesSales volume in the retail trade and personal services - Februay 2014

In February 2014, the sales volume increased in household services (+1.6%). It grew slightly in the trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+0.2%). It was steady in the retail trade except for motor vehicles and motorcycles (0.0%) and in accommodation and food services (0.0%).

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 February 2014, the sales volume increased in household services (+1.6%). It grew slightly in the trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+0.2%). It was steady in the retail trade except for motor vehicles and motorcycles (0.0%) and in accommodation and food services (0.0%).

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

  • Source : INSEE

Stability in the retail trade except for motor vehicles and motorcycles

In February, sales volume in retail trade except for motor vehicles and motorcycles was flat (0.0 %) after a slight fall in January (–0.3%). In March, the sales volume is expected to edge up by +2.3 %.

Sales in both specialised and non specialised stores remained almost stable (0.1%). Sales volume declined again in retail trade not in store, stalls or markets or via mail order houses or Internet (–1.4%). In specialised stores, the changes were not very prominent except for retail sale of automotive fuel which kept on declining (–2.7%) and retail sale of cultural and recreation goods which rose (+2.6%).

Over the last three months (q-o-q), the sales volume dipped 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 Feb./ Jan. Jan./ Dec. q-o-q (1) y-o-y (2)
47 Retail trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 0.0 –0.3 –0.3 1.2
471 Retail sale in non-specialized stores 369 0.1 0.0 –1.1 –0.8
472 to 477 Retail sale in specialized stores 573 0.1 –0.5 0.2 2.4
478 and 479 Retail trade not in stores 58 –1.4 –0.6 0.1 0.7
45 Trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 0.2 –3.6 –0.7 0.1
I Accommodation and food service activities 1000 0.0 0.0 –0.4 –1.4
R+S Household services 1000 1.6 –1.7 0.9 –0.2
R Arts, entertainment and recreation 449 2.0 –1.8 –0.6 –1.5
S Other service activities 551 1.3 –1.7 2.1 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 %
March 2014/ Feb. 2014 March 2014/ March 2013
47 Retail trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles 2.3 3.7
  • * Econometric estimate from a set of sources available within 30 days after the end of the reference month
  • Source: INSEE

Little upturn in trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles

After a strong decrease in January (–3.6%), sales volume in trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles rose slightly (+0.2%). The whole sector increased except sale of motor vehicles which went on declining (–0.3%).

The sales volume declined over the last three months (–0.7%) but remained steady year on year (+0.1%).

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 Feb. 2014 Feb./ Jan. Jan./ Dec. q-o-q (1)
47 Retail trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 103.7 0.0 –0.3 –0.3
471 Non-specialised stores 369 99.2 0.1 0.0 –1.1
472 à 477 Specialised stores 573 106.7 0.1 –0.5 0.2
472 Retail sale of food. beverages and tobacco in specialised stores 49 102.6 0.3 0.4 1.4
473 Retail sale of automative fuel 78 93.6 –2.7 –2.2 –0.9
474 Retail sale of information and communication equipment 28 140.8 –0.1 –0.1 0.8
475 Retail sale of other household equipment 112 100.1 –0.2 0.1 0.2
476 Retail sale of cultural and recreation goods 48 100.0 2.6 –0.9 –1.5
477 Retail sale of other goods in specialised stores 258 111.9 0.4 –0.5 0.5
478 et 479 Retail trade not in stores 58 102.8 –1.4 –0.6 0.1
45 Wholesale and retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 94.1 0.2 –3.6 –0.7
451 Sale of motor vehicles 671 92.2 –0.3 –4.6 –0.1
452 Maintenance and repair of motor vehicles 78 91.3 2.0 –4.7 –0.7
453 Sale of motor vehicle parts and accessories 227 101.1 1.1 –0.5 –2.2
454 Sale. maintenance and repair of motorcycles and related parts and accessories 24 89.4 1.0 –1.7 0.3
I Accommodation and food service activities 1000 94.8 0.0 0.0 –0.4
55 Accommodation 255 97.0 –0.1 0.7 –0.2
56 Food and beverage service activities 745 94.1 0.1 –0.3 –0.5
561 Restaurants… 549 93.3 –0.5 0.5 –0.6
562 Event catering… 116 101.5 3.2 –4.7 0.6
563 Beverage serving activities 80 88.9 –0.7 1.3 –0.7
R+S Household services 1000 98.0 1.6 –1.7 0.9
R Arts, entertainment and recreation 449 96.9 2.0 –1.8 –0.6
90 Creative. arts and entertainment activities 115 98.0 0.0 1.5 1.8
91 Libraries. archives. museums… 11 106.7 3.1 0.8 –2.3
92 Gambling and betting activities 119 102.6 7.0 –6.2 –1.9
93 Sports activities and amusement... 204 92.5 0.1 –1.2 –1.1
S Other service activities 551 98.9 1.3 –1.7 2.1
95 Repair of computers… 228 100.7 3.2 –2.9 4.0
96 Other personal service activities 323 97.7 –0.1 –0.8 0.9
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months / three previous months.
  • Source: Insee

Second month of stability in accommodation and food service activities

Sales volume in accommodation and food services hold steady again (0.0%). It declined in restaurants and fast foods (–0.5%) and it picked up in event catering and other food services (+3.2%).

The sales volume of the whole sector decreased over the last three months (–0.4%) and in a stronger way year on year (–1.4%).

Bounce in household services

Sales volume in household services picked up in February (+1.6%) after a decline in January (–1.7%). It soared in gambling, betting activities (+7.0%) and to a lesser extent in repair of computers and personal and household goods (+3.2%).

The sales volume in household services increased over the last three months (+0.9%) and decreased slightly year on year (–0.2 %).

Revisions

Changes for January were revised by –0.3 point in retail trade except for motor vehicles and motorcycles and they were not revised for the other sectors.

Monthly survey about large-scale food retailing results

Turnover in large-scale food retailing picked up in March (0.5%). Sales increased for any type of products. A slight improvement in automative fuel sales (+1.0%) was observed after two months of decline (–3.4% in February).

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 %
March/Féb. Feb./ Jan. q-o-q (1) y-o-y (1)
Turnover 0,5 –0,2 –1,4 0,1
Including
Sales of food products 0,2 –0,1 –0,6 –0,1
Sales of non-food products 0,5 0,3 0,0 –2,3
Sales of automative fuel 1,0 –3,4 –5,8 –5,7
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months / three previous months.
  • Source: INSEE - Monthly survey about large-scale food retailing (Emagsa)