In March 2012, the business climate indicator slightly recovers in the retail trade and in the trade and repair of motor vehiclesMonthly survey of retailing - March 2012

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

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Paru le : 23/03/2012
Prochaine parution le : 24/10/2017 at 08:45 - October 2017

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

Recent sales have stayed unfavourable. However, if they still have been depressed in trade and repair of motor vehicles, they have continued to go up in retail trade. In the whole retail trade and trade and repair of motor vehicles, expected sales are less deteriorated but ordering intentions stabilise, each of the two balances remaining below its average. General business outlook progresses, sign that the retailers are a little less 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) Dec. 11 Jan. 12 Feb. 12 Mar. 12
Business climate 100 93 89 90 94
General business outlook –29 –42 –47 –47 –37
Recent sales –4 –17 –20 –14 –13
Expected sales –1 –14 –23 –15 –10
Ordering intentions –7 –15 –19 –16 –16
Stocks 11 21 23 19 20
Past selling prices (2) –6 1 6
Expected selling prices –2 8 8 4 4
Cash position (2) –14 –19 –21
Workforce size: recent trend 1 –8 –11 –8 –5
Workforce size: future trend –2 –3 –6 –11 –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