In February 2012, the business climate indicator remains unfavourable in the retail trade and in the trade and repair of motor vehiclesMonthly survey of retailing - February 2012

According to the business leaders interviewed in February 2012, the situation in the retail trade and in the trade and repair of motor vehicles remains unfavourable: the synthetic indicator stabilise clearly below its long-term average.

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No 46
Paru le : 20/02/2012
Prochaine parution le : 26/09/2017 at 08:45 - September 2017

According to the business leaders interviewed in February 2012, the situation in the retail trade and in the trade and repair of motor vehicles remains unfavourable: the synthetic indicator stabilise clearly below its long-term average.

Recent sales stay low enough. However, if they have kept on declining in trade and repair of motor vehicles, they have gone up in retail trade. In the whole retail trade and trade and repair of motor vehicles, there are less business owners who expect a fall of sales and ordering intentions. Nevertheless, each of the two balances is significantly below its average. General business outlook stabilise, sign that the retailers remain 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) Nov. 11 Dec. 11 Jan. 12 Feb. 12
Business climate 100 93 93 89 89
General business outlook –29 –42 –42 –47 –48
Recent sales –4 –13 –17 –20 –16
Expected sales –0 –8 –14 –23 –16
Ordering intentions –7 –14 –15 –19 –16
Stocks 11 17 21 23 20
Past selling prices (2) –6 7 0
Expected selling prices –2 5 8 8 6
Cash position (2) –14 –19 –20
Workforce size: recent trend 1 –4 –8 –11 –10
Workforce size: future trend –2 –5 –3 –6 –10
  • (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