In May 2015, the turnover improved in the wholesale trade but declined in information and communicationTurnover in the wholesale trade and business services - May 2015

In May 2015, the turnover improved in the wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+0.3%). Conversely, it declined in information and communication (–0.8%). It increased in real estate activities (+0.5%). It remained virtually stable in business support activities (+0.1%) and in transportation and storage (–0.1%).

Every index in this issue is in value (tax excluded), seasonally and working day adjusted (SA-WDA). The commentary shows variations of subsections by decreasing contribution. The contribution of a subsection depends on the extent of the change and on its weight.

In May 2015, the turnover improved in the wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+0.3%). Conversely, it declined in information and communication (–0.8%). It increased in real estate activities (+0.5%). It remained virtually stable in business support activities (+0.1%) and in transportation and storage (–0.1%).

Graph1_anglais – Wholesale trade and business services

  • Source : INSEE

Slight increase in the wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles

In May, the turnover of the wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles slightly increased (+0.3%), after an almost stability in April (+0.1%). It went up in the wholesale of information and communication equipment (+4.6%) and of household goods (+0.8%) as well as in other specialised wholesale (+1.4%). On the contrary, it decreased in the wholesale of agricultural raw materials and live animals (–2.6%), of food, beverages and tobacco (–0.6%) in the wholesale on a fee or contract basis (–0.6%).

The turnover of the wholesale trade improved over the last three months (+0.8%) but slightly diminished over the year (–0.3%).

Virtual stability in transportation and storage

In May, the turnover of transportation and storage was remained almost steady (–0.1%) after a fall in April (–0.6%). It dropped in postal and courier activities (–5.2%) and declined in land transport and transport via pipelines (–0.6%). Conversely it increased sharply in water transport (+4.5%) and more moderately in air transports (+0.6%). It was almost stable in warehousing and support activities for transportation (+0.1%).

The turnover of transportation and storage increased over the last three months (+0.4%) and over the year (+1.8%).

Fourth consecutive monthly increase in real estate activities

The turnover of real estate activities improved again in May (+0.5% after +0.3% in April, +1.7% in March and +0.8% in February). It increased sharply over the last three months (+2.6%) and over the year (+2.9%).

Tab1_anglais – Variation of the turnover in the wholesale trade and business services

SA-WDA value, Base year 2010
Variation of the turnover in the wholesale trade and business services
Change in %
Nace classification Weight May/ April April/March q-o-q (1) y-o-y (2)
46 Wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 0.3 0.1 0.8 –0.3
H Transportation and storage 1000 –0.1 –0.6 0.4 1.8
J Information and communication 1000 –0.8 1.3 0.5 2.1
L Real estate activities 1000 0.5 0.3 2.6 2.9
M+N Business support activities 1000 0.1 0.2 1.2 2.6
M Professional, scientific and technical activities 579 0.4 0.4 2.0 3.0
N Administrative and support service activities 421 –0.2 0.0 0.2 2.1
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months / previous three months
  • (2) Year-on-year: last three months / same three months of previous year
  • The codes correspond to different levels of aggregation of the NACE classification.
  • Source: INSEE

Decrease in information and communication

In May, the turnover of the information and communication sector fell down (–0.8%) after an increase in April (+1.3%). It shrunk in telecommunications (–2.6%) and in motion picture, video and television programme production (–2.5%) and diminished in programming and broadcasting activities (–0.3%). On the contrary, it bounced back in publishing activities (+1.5%) and in information service activities (+2.4%). It held steady in computer programming, consultancy and related activities.

The turnover of information and communication increased over the three months (+0.5%) as well as over the year (+2.1%).

Virtual stability in business support activities

The turnover of business support activities remained almost steady in May (+0.1%) after a three-month-in-a-row increase.

The turnover went up in professional, scientific and technical activities (+0.4%), thanks to an increase in architectural and engineering activities (+2.2%) despite a fall in activities of head offices (–0.4%), and in advertising and market research (–0.3%). The turnover in administrative and support service activities declined slightly (–0.2%): it decreased in services to buildings and landscape activities (–1.9%) and employment activities (–0.3%) but went up in travel agency, tour operator (+1.2%).

The turnover of business support activities improved over the last three months (+1.2%) and over the year (+2.6%).

Revisions

The change in April 2015 was revised by –0.3 point in business support activities. Initially calculated at +0.5%, it was revised at +0.2%.

That same month the change was revised by +0.2 point in real estate activities, by +0.1 point the wholesale trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles and in transportation and storage, and by –0.1 point in information and communication.

Tab2_anglais – Variation of the turnover in the wholesale trade and business services

SA-WDA value, Base year 2010
Variation of the turnover in the wholesale trade and business services
Change in %
Nace Classification Weight May 2015 May/ April April/March q-o-q (1)
46 Wholesale trade. except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 109.9 0.3 0.1 0.8
461 Wholesale on a fee or contract basis 152 116.7 –0.6 0.7 0.5
462 Wholesale of agricultural raw materials and live animals 54 117.2 –2.6 –1.1 2.1
463 Wholesale of food. beverages and tobacco 170 111.6 –0.6 0.4 0.6
464 Wholesale of household goods 207 108.6 0.8 0.1 0.5
465 Wholesale of information and communication equipment 61 105.1 4.6 –0.1 –0.3
466 Wholesale of other machinery. equipment and supplies 125 112.6 –0.1 0.7 1.4
467 Other specialised wholesale 197 102.1 1.4 –0.7 1.1
469 Non specialised wholesale trade 34 111.2 –0.2 0.3 0.9
H Transportation and storage 1000 108.4 –0.1 –0.6 0.4
49 Land transport and transport via pipelines 407 107.7 –0.6 –1.2 0.2
50 Water transport 73 125.5 4.5 1.1 1.3
51 Air transport 91 110.8 0.6 1.8 3.7
52 Warehousing and support activities for transportation 360 108.5 0.1 –0.9 0.3
53 Postal and courier activities 69 91.3 –5.2 –1.2 –4.7
J Information and communication 1000 104.5 –0.8 1.3 0.5
58 Publishing activities 158 106.7 1.5 –0.2 1.9
59 Motion picture. video and television programme production… 76 103.4 –2.5 1.0 –0.4
60 Programming and broadcasting activities 61 101.7 –0.3 –1.2 –3.1
61 Telecommunications 396 94.1 –2.6 3.2 0.5
62 Computer programming. consultancy and related activities 251 119.1 0.0 0.7 0.5
63 Information service activities 58 111.4 2.4 –0.6 2.3
L Real estate activities 1000 105.6 0.5 0.3 2.6
681 Buying and selling of own real estate 96 81.3 –2.0 –2.4 –0.1
682 Renting and operating of own or leased real estate 691 109.2 0.6 0.5 3.0
683 Real estate activities on a fee or contract basis 213 104.9 0.9 0.8 2.0
M+N Business support activities 1000 113.1 0.1 0.2 1.2
M Professional. scientific and technical activities 579 113.9 0.4 0.4 2.0
69 Legal and accounting activities 90 108.1 –0.1 –2.9 2.5
70 Activities of head offices… 219 122.2 –0.4 3.3 2.1
71 Architectural and engineering activities… 151 111.8 2.2 –0.5 2.0
72 Scientific research and development 26 105.2 0.1 –1.1 1.4
73 Advertising and market research 68 101.8 –0.3 –2.2 0.5
74 Other professional. scientific and technical activities 19 114.9 0.2 –0.1 2.6
75 Veterinary activities 6 117.4 0.0 0.0 0.0
N Administrative and support service activities 421 112.1 –0.2 0.0 0.2
77 Rental and leasing activities 98 111.3 0.0 –0.2 0.1
78 Employment activities 80 109.5 –0.3 –0.1 0.8
79 Travel agency. tour operator… 42 105.1 1.2 –0.4 –0.5
80 Security and investigation activities 21 113.7 –0.9 –1.2 0.9
81 Services to buildings and landscape activities 50 109.2 –1.9 –0.7 –0.4
82 Office administrative. office support and other business support activities 131 117.3 –0.1 0.7 0.1
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months / previous three months.
  • Source: INSEE