In February 2014, the turnover improved in the wholesale trade and in business services, except in information and communicationTurnover in the wholesale trade and business services - Februay 2014

In February 2014, the turnover improved in transportation and storage (+1.2%), in real estate activities (+0.8%) and in business support activities (+0.8%). It increased slightly in the wholesale trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles (+0.0%). On the opposite, it decreased strongly in information and communication (–2.2%).

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 February 2014, the turnover improved in transportation and storage (+1.2%), in real estate activities (+0.8%) and in business support activities (+0.8%). It increased slightly in the wholesale trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles (+0.0%). On the opposite, it decreased strongly in information and communication (–2.2%).

Graph1_anglais – Wholesale trade and business services

  • Source : INSEE

Improvement in the wholesale trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles

In February, the turnover grew slightly in the wholesale trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles (+0.3%) after a decline in January (–0.9%). It went up in the wholesale of household goods (+2.1%), the wholesale of other machinery, equipment and supplies (+1.7%) and in the wholesale of agricultural raw materials and live animals (+1.1%).

On the other hand, it fell in the wholesale of information and communication equipment (–3.0%), in the wholesale on a fee or contract basis (–0.9%) as well as in non specialised wholesale trade (–0.6%). The turnover of the wholesale trade improved over the last three months (+0.7%, q-o-q), but decreased over the year (–0.5%, y-o-y).

Rebond in transportation and storage

In February, the turnover of transportation and storage rebounded (+1.2%) after a drop in January of a similar level (–1.2%). It soared in land transport and transport via pipelines (+3.0%) and in water transport (+2.7%) and to a lesser extent in postal and courier activities (+0.6%). By contrast, it declined in warehousing and support activities for transportation (–0.7%) and in air transport (–0.6%).

The turnover of transportation and storage improved over the last three months (+0.5%, q-o-q), and over the year (+1.4%, y-o-y).

Rise in real estate activities

The turnover of real estate activities rose in February (+0.8%) after a decrease in January (–1.0%). It went up by 0.7% over the last three months, as well as over the year (+1.3%).

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 Feb./Jan. Jan./Dec. q-o-q (1) y-o-y (2)
46 Wholesale trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 0.3 –0.9 0.7 –0.5
H Transportation and storage 1000 1.2 –1.2 0.5 1.4
J Information and communication 1000 –2.2 2.1 1.3 –2.3
L Real estate activities 1000 0.8 –1.0 0.7 1.3
M+N Business support activities 1000 0.8 –1.0 0.2 1.6
M Professional, scientific and technical activities 579 1.5 –2.0 –0.6 1.6
N Administrative and support service activities 421 –0.2 0.3 1.3 1.6
  • (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

Decrease in information and communication

In February, the turnover plunged in information and communication (–2.2% after +2.1% in January) after three consecutives months of gains. It slumped in telecommunications (–5.3%) and in publishing activities (–2.3%). Conversely, it grew in programming and broadcasting activities (+1.5%). It was stable in computer programming, consultancy and related activities (–0.1%), in motion picture, video and television programme production (+0.1%) as well as in information service activities (+0.1%).

The turnover of information and communication rose over the last three months (+1.3%, q-o-q), but decreased over the year (–2.3%, y-o-y).

Rebound in business support activities

In February, the turnover recovered in business support activities (+0.8%), after a drop in December (–1.0%). The turnover rised in the professional, scientific and technical activities (+1.5%), in particular in legal and accounting activities (+5.4%), in architectural and engineering activities… (+1.3%), in activities of head offices… (+0.5%) as well as in scientific research and development (+2.5%). On the other hand, the turnover in administrative and support service activities slided very slightly (–0.2%): it declined in employment activities (–1.7%) and in services to buildings and landscape activities (–1.2%) but went up in office administrative, office support and other business support activities (+0.8%).

The turnover increased slightly over the last three months (+0.2%, q-o-q) and, to a greater extent over the year (1.6%, y-o-y).

Revisions

The change in January has been revised by –0.9 point point in information and communication. Announced at +3.0%, the turnover was revised at +2.1%. It has been revised by –0.5 point in transportation and storage, by –0.3 point in the wholesale trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles and by –0.2 point in business support activities. It remained unchanged in real estate 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 Feb. 2014 Feb./ Jan. Jan./Dec. q-o-q (1)
46 Wholesale trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 111.0 0.3 –0.9 0.7
461 Wholesale on a fee or contract basis 152 116.3 –0.9 –2.2 0.9
462 Wholesale of agricultural raw materials and live animals 54 127.1 1.1 –0.2 5.2
463 Wholesale of food, beverages and tobacco 170 111.6 –0.1 –1.2 0.4
464 Wholesale of household goods 207 107.0 2.1 –1.6 1.3
465 Wholesale of information and communication equipment 61 102.9 –3.0 3.5 3.9
466 Wholesale of other machinery, equipment and supplies 125 114.8 1.7 –0.7 0.4
467 Other specialised wholesale 197 106.5 –0.1 –1.2 –2.0
469 Non specialised wholesale trade 34 110.1 –0.6 4.2 1.0
H Transportation and storage 1000 108.2 1.2 –1.2 0.5
49 Land transport and transport via pipelines 407 110.9 3.0 –2.1 0.3
50 Water transport 73 113.8 2.7 –1.0 0.8
51 Air transport 91 105.3 –0.6 –1.9 1.2
52 Warehousing and support activities for transportation 360 106.3 –0.7 –0.2 0.5
53 Postal and courier activities 69 100.8 0.6 –0.1 0.7
J Information and communication 1000 102.4 –2.2 2.1 1.3
58 Publishing activities 158 102.4 –2.3 3.6 –0.3
59 Motion picture, video and television programme production… 76 103.9 0.1 –0.5 3.7
60 Programming and broadcasting activities 61 104.6 1.5 –1.0 –1.2
61 Telecommunications 396 92.4 –5.3 4.3 2.6
62 Computer programming, consultancy and related activities 251 115.3 –0.1 0.4 1.6
63 Information service activities 58 110.3 0.1 0.3 –2.7
L Real estate activities 1000 103.1 0.8 –1.0 0.7
681 Buying and selling of own real estate 96 92.0 0.9 3.3 5.9
682 Renting and operating of own or leased real estate 691 104.7 0.5 0.4 0.0
683 Real estate activities on a fee or contract basis 213 102.8 1.4 –6.9 1.1
M+N Business support activities 1000 110.9 0.8 –1.0 0.2
M Professional, scientific and technical activities 579 110.8 1.5 –2.0 –0.6
69 Legal and accounting activities 90 110.1 5.4 –3.1 –0.2
70 Activities of head offices… 219 115.6 0.5 –1.8 0.6
71 Architectural and engineering activities… 151 109.1 1.3 –1.6 –3.0
72 Scientific research and development 26 104.1 2.5 –2.0 –1.7
73 Advertising and market research 68 101.4 –0.1 –1.2 0.6
74 Other professional, scientific and technical activities 19 113.3 2.6 –4.5 0.4
75 Veterinary activities 6 113.3 0.5 0.2 1.3
N Administrative and support service activities 421 111.0 –0.2 0.3 1.3
77 Rental and leasing activities 98 110.1 0.0 0.1 1.0
78 Employment activities 80 108.7 –1.7 1.0 1.8
79 Travel agency, tour operator… 42 105.0 –0.6 2.7 1.3
80 Security and investigation activities 21 113.6 1.5 –0.1 0.2
81 Services to buildings and landscape activities 50 109.5 –1.2 –0.4 0.6
82 Office administrative, office support and other business support activities 131 115.1 0.8 –0.4 1.8
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months / three previous months.
  • Source: INSEE