In May 2012, the business climate is less favorable again in the retail trade and in the trade and repair of motor vehiclesMonthly survey of retailing - May 2012

According to the business leaders interviewed in May 2012, the situation in the retail trade and in the trade and repair of motor vehicles is less favorable again: the synthetic indicator declines and finds the low level of February-March 2012.

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Paru le : 24/05/2012
Prochaine parution le : 23/11/2017 at 08:45 - November 2017

According to the business leaders interviewed in May 2012, the situation in the retail trade and in the trade and repair of motor vehicles is less favorable again: the synthetic indicator declines and finds the low level of February-March 2012.

Recent sales have slowed down, mainly in retail trade. In the whole retail trade and trade and repair of motor vehicles, this decreasing would go on, as expected sales and ordering intentions point it. Each of the two balances is now under its average.

General business equally drops, sign that the retailers are more pessimistic 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) Feb 12 March 12 April 12 May 12
Business climate 100 90 94 99 92
General business outlook –29 –47 –37 –32 –40
Recent sales –4 –14 –12 –9 –15
Expected sales –1 –15 –9 2 –7
Ordering intentions –7 –16 –15 –9 –17
Stocks 11 19 19 15 19
Past selling prices (2) –6 6 1
Expected selling prices –2 4 4 –1 –2
Cash position (2) –14 –22 –22
Workforce size: recent trend 1 –8 –5 –7 –8
Workforce size: future trend –2 –11 –8 –7 –8
  • (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