In January 2013, the volume of sales declined in the trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles, in accommodation and food service activities and in household servicesSales volume in the retail trade and personal services - January 2013

In January 2013, the volume of sales went down compared to December in the trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (–1.6%), in accommodation and food service activities (–1.6%) and in household services (–1.0%). Conversely, it grew slightly in the retail trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles (+0.2%).

Warning : from January 2013, turnover and volume of sales indexes are based 2010 and referenced to 2010.

Every index in this issue is in volume, seasonally and working-day adjusted (SA-WDA).

In January 2013, the volume of sales went down compared to December in the trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (–1.6%), in accommodation and food service activities (–1.6%) and in household services (–1.0%). Conversely, it grew slightly in the retail trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles (+0.2%).

Over the last quarter (q-o-q), the volume of sales dropped in the trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (–2.5%) and in accommodation and food service activities (–1.0%). It decreased slightly in the retail trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles (–0.3%) and was steady in household services (0.0%).

Year-on-year (y-o-y), the volume of sales fell off in the trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (–6.8%). It also dropped in accommodation and food services activities (–3.6%) and in household services (–2.4%). On the contrary, it rose in the retail trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles (+0.9%).

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

  • Please note that the «retail trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles» chart (47) includes the early estimate for February 2013.
  • Source : INSEE

In February 2013, the volume of sales in the retail trade is expected to decline dramatically (–1.9 %).

Revisions: rebasing, base 2005 to base 2010

The noticed revisions are mainly explained by rebasing. The evolution in December has been revised by +0.8 point in the trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles. The variation, announced at +1.5% last month, has been corrected at +2.3%.

Tab1_anglais – Variation of the volume of sales in the retail trade and personal services

SA-WDA volume, Base year 2010
Variation of the volume of sales in the retail trade and personal services
Change in %
NACE Classification Weight Jan./ Dec. Dec./ Nov. q-o-q (1) y-o-y (2)
47 Retail trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 0.2 –0.1 –0.3 0.9
471 Retail sale in non-specialized stores 369 –0.4 –0.5 –1.3 –0.2
472 to 477 Retail sale in specialized stores 573 0.6 0.1 0.4 1.7
478 and 479 Retail trade not in stores 58 0.5 0.8 –0.4 –0.6
45 Trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 –1.6 2.3 –2.5 –6.8
I Accommodation and food service activities 1000 –1.6 –1.3 –1.0 –3.6
R+S Household services 1000 –1.0 0.9 0.0 –2.4
R Arts, entertainment and recreation 449 –2.2 1.5 0.6 –1.7
S Other service activities 551 0.0 0.6 –0.5 –3.0
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months / three previous months.
  • (2) Year-on-year: last three months / three same months of the previous year.
  • Source: INSEE

Tabprecoce_anglais – Variation of the volume of sales in the retail trade : early estimate*

SA-WDA volume, Base year 2010
Variation of the volume of sales in the retail trade : early estimate*
Change in %
Feb. 2013/ Jan. 2013 Feb. 2013/ Feb. 2012
47 Retail trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles –1,9 –1,6
  • * Econometric estimate from a set of sources available within 30 days after the end of the reference month
  • Source: INSEE