Services Producer Price Indices : slight increase in the first quarter of 2012Services producer price indices - First quarter 2012

In the first quarter of 2012, services prices were generally trending upwards. It was the case for the legal activities, employment services, rental services and news agencies. On the opposite, telecommunications services prices decreased again, according to their long term trend.

In the first quarter of 2012, services prices were generally trending upwards. It was the case for the legal activities, employment services, rental services and news agencies. On the opposite, telecommunications services prices decreased again, according to their long term trend.

Information and communication

Prices for news agencies increased

Prices for news agencies were still trending upwards in this quarter (+3.1 %), increasing by 5.9 % year-over-year. Prices for telecommunications services fell (-1.7 % in the fourth quarter of 2011 and -3.3 % year-over-year). Over a one-year period, prices for software publishing increased by 4.3 %, but declined slightly in this quarter.

Professional, scientific and technical services

Prices were stable, except for legal services

The year 2012 began with prices which were once again almost unchanged. Prices for legal services were the only ones to increase significantly (+0.6 % quarter-over-quarter, +2.6 % year-over-year).

Administrative and support services

Prices have been rising for a year

Prices for employment services remained on an upward trend in this first quarter of 2012 (+0.4 % quarter-over-quarter and +2.5 % year-over-year). Other prices increased significantly in this quarter, except those for rental of motor vehicles (-0.7 %) and for call centres (+0.2 %), but these two prices grew up markedly year-over-year (respectively +2.0 % and +1.6 %).

tableau1 – Services Producer Price Indices : French market

Services Producer Price Indices : French market
CPA rev. 2 - Base 2005=100 except opposite indication in footnote Weights Indices Q1* 2012 Changes in %
(M €) Q/ Q-1 Q/ Q-4
38.1 & 38.2 (1) Waste collection, treatment and disposal 21 252 101.3 1.3 1.6
53.20 Other postal and courier services 555 99.4 –0.9 0.2
Information and communication
58.1 (1) Publishing of books and periodicals 15 313 101.9 1.4 0.9
58.29 Software publishing 6 336 109.7 –0.1 4.3
61 (2) Telecommunications 12 650 84.6* –1.7 –3.3
62.01 & 62.02 Computer programming and consultancy 39 983 103.6 –0.5 –0.7
62.03 Computer facilities management 5 135 92.1 0.0 –1.9
63.91 (3) News agencies 725 104.3 3.1 5.9
Professional, scientific and technical services
69.10 (4) Legal services 19 168 112.9 0.6 2.6
69.20 Accounting, tax consulting 13 346 109.7 0.1 0.0
70.2 Management consulting 22 565 103.3 –0.2 –0.1
71.1 (5) Architectural, engineering 44 420 110.6 –0.5 0.8
71.20 Technical testing and analysis 5 461 97.3 –0.3 –0.1
73 (4) Advertising and market research 19 960 96.3 –0.2 0.5
Administrative and support services
77.1 Rental of motor vehicles 8 121 108.8 –0.7 2.0
77.32 Rental of construction equipment 8 465 93.8 1.8 0.4
77.39 (6) Rental of other machinery 7 023 107.9 1.3 1.8
78 (6) Employment services 28 623 104.9 0.4 2.5
80.1 & 80.2 Security 6 581 114.7 1.6 1.9
81 (6) Services to buildings and landscape 19 826 101.8 1.0 0.9
82.20 (3) Call centres 4 864 104.0 0.2 1.6
  • u : unavailable s : statistical secret
  • *: Telecommunications prices are known with one quarter delay.
  • Source : INSEE, "Observation des prix de l'industrie et des services aux entreprises" survey

graph2_telecom_A – Publishing and telecommunications

graph6_pro_A – Professional, scientific and technical services

graph3_loc_A – Rental and leasing services

graph1_info_A – Computer programming and information

graph5_pub_A – Advertising and market studies

graph4_emploi_A – Employment services