In April 2012, the business climate still looks up in the retail trade and in the trade and repair of motor vehiclesMonthly survey of retailing - April 2012

According to the business leaders interviewed in April 2012, the situation in the retail trade and in the trade and repair of motor vehicles still looks up: the synthetic indicator increases by four points but remains below its long-term average yet.

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Paru le : 23/04/2012
Prochaine parution le : 26/09/2017 at 08:45 - September 2017

According to the business leaders interviewed in April 2012, the situation in the retail trade and in the trade and repair of motor vehicles still looks up: the synthetic indicator increases by four points but remains below its long-term average yet.

Recent sales stay low enough. However, if they have kept on declining in trade and repair of motor vehicles, they have gone up in non specialised retail trade. In the whole retail trade and trade and repair of motor vehicles, there are more business owners expecting a rise of sales and ordering intentions. Each of the two balances is now near its average.

General business outlook improves again, sign that the retailers are more optimistic about the economic situation in the trade sector.

graph_indsynt_en – Business climate synthetic indicator

Graph_ventes_ic_en – Recent sales and ordering intentions

tab1_en – Global data

Balances of opinion, in %, s.a.
Global data
Ave. (1) Jan. 12 Feb. 12 Mar. 12 April 12
Business climate 100 89 90 94 98
General business outlook –29 –47 –47 –37 –32
Recent sales –4 –20 –14 –12 –11
Expected sales –1 –23 –15 –9 –1
Ordering intentions –7 –19 –16 –15 –11
Stocks 11 23 19 19 15
Past selling prices (2) –6 1 6
Expected selling prices –2 8 4 4 –2
Cash position (2) –14 –19 –21
Workforce size: recent trend 1 –11 –8 –5 –6
Workforce size: future trend –2 –6 –11 –8 –7
  • (1) Average since 1991 (2004 for recent and expected sales and ordering intentions).
  • (2) Bi-monthly question (odd-numberred months).
  • Source : monthly survey in the retail trade and in the trade and repair of motor vehicles - INSEE