In July 2015, the sales volume recovered in accommodation and food service activities and slowed in overall retail tradeSales volume in the retail trade and personal services - July 2015

In July 2015, the sales volume recovered in accommodation and food service activities (+1.1%) and in household services (+0.4%). It was virtually stable in overall trade (+0.1%).

Except for indices from Emagsa survey, every index in this issue is in volume (tax excluded) and 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 July 2015, the sales volume recovered in accommodation and food service activities (+1.1%) and in household services (+0.4%). It was virtually stable in overall trade (+0.1%).

Graph1_Anglais – Volume of sales in the retail trade and personal services

  • Source: INSEE

Slowdown in retail trade

In July 2015, the sales volume stabilized after a growth for three months in a row in retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+0.1%) According to early estimates, it should slightly increase in August 2015 (+0.3%).

The sales volume slowed in specialised stores (+0.2% after +0.7% in June) : it went on increasing in retail sale of other goods (pharmacy, clothings, etc. : +0.4%), in retail sale of automotive fuel (+1.0%), and in retail sale of information and communication equipment (+1.3%), but it fell back in retail sale of other household equipment (–0.7% after +0.9%) and in retail sale of food, beverages and tobacco (–1.2% after +1.0%).

The sales volume in retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles was up over the last three months (+1.2%, q-o-q) and over the year (+3.4%).

Tab1_anglais – Variation of sales volume in the retail trade and personal services

SA-WDA volume, Base year 2010
Variation of sales volume in the retail trade and personal services
Change in %
NACE Classification Weight July/ June June/ May q-o-q (1) y-o-y (2)
47 Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 0.1 0.6 1.2 3.4
471 Retail sale in non-specialized stores 369 –0.1 0.6 1.0 2.4
472 to 477 Retail sale in specialized stores 573 0.2 0.7 1.2 4.2
478 and 479 Retail trade not in stores 58 0.7 –0.7 1.1 1.9
45 Trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 0.1 0.5 1.8 4.3
I Accommodation and food service activities 1000 1.1 –0.8 0.7 0.0
R+S Household services 1000 0.4 –0.5 –1.0 0.3
R Arts, entertainment and recreation 449 1.8 –1.5 –1.5 0.8
S Other service activities 551 –0.7 0.4 –0.6 –0.1
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months / previous three months.
  • (2) Year-on-year: last three months / same three months of the previous year.
  • The codes correspond to different levels of aggregation of the classification NAF rev.2
  • Source: INSEE

Tabprecoce_anglais – Variation of sales volume in the retail trade: early estimate*

SA-WDA volume, Base year 2010
Variation of sales volume in the retail trade: early estimate*
Change in %
Aug. 2015/ July 2015 Aug. 2015/ Aug. 2014
47 Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 0.3 3.1
  • * Econometric estimate from a set of sources available within 30 days after the end of the reference month
  • Source: INSEE

Stabilization after a five-month-in-a-row rise in trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles

In July, the sales volume in retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles was almost stable (+0.1%) while it had increased since February (+0.7% per month on average since February). It went on improving in sale of motor vehicle parts and accessories (+1.1% after +1.5% in June) but it fell back slightly in sale of motor vehicles (–0.2% after +0.2%). The sales volume rose over the last three months (+1.8%) and year on year (+4.3%).

Tab2_anglais – Variation of sales volume in the retail trade and personal services

SA-WDA volume, Base year 2010
Variation of sales volume in the retail trade and personal services
Change in %
Nace Classification Weight July 2015 July/ June June/May q-o-q (1)
47 Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 108.7 0.1 0.6 1.2
471 Non-specialised stores 369 101.4 –0.1 0.6 1.0
472 to 477 Specialised stores 573 113.5 0.2 0.7 1.2
472 Retail sale of food, beverages and tobacco in specialised stores 49 104.4 –1.2 1.0 0.7
473 Retail sale of automotive fuel 78 97.8 1.0 0.1 –0.2
474 Retail sale of information and communication equipment 28 157.3 1.3 0.3 1.8
475 Retail sale of other household equipment 112 102.0 –0.7 0.9 0.2
476 Retail sale of cultural and recreation goods 48 106.6 0.4 0.7 1.5
477 Retail sale of other goods in specialised stores 258 121.6 0.4 0.7 1.9
478 et 479 Retail trade not in stores 58 107.1 0.7 –0.7 1.1
45 Wholesale and retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 99.7 0.1 0.5 1.8
451 Sale of motor vehicles 671 99.5 –0.2 0.2 2.2
452 Maintenance and repair of motor vehicles 78 91.4 –0.6 0.9 0.3
453 Sale of motor vehicle parts and accessories 227 104.4 1.1 1.5 1.4
454 Sale, maintenance and repair of motorcycles and related parts and accessories 24 88.6 –1.1 –0.4 0.8
I Accommodation and food service activities 1000 93.4 1.1 –0.8 0.7
55 Accommodation 255 96.0 0.2 –0.4 0.2
56 Food and beverage service activities 745 92.5 1.5 –1.0 0.9
561 Restaurants… 549 91.8 2.5 –1.5 1.3
562 Event catering… 116 100.4 –2.1 0.7 –0.4
563 Beverage serving activities 80 85.6 0.4 0.0 –0.1
R+S Household services 1000 96.9 0.4 –0.5 –1.0
R Arts, entertainment and recreation 449 96.9 1.8 –1.5 –1.5
90 Creative, arts and entertainment activities 115 95.9 1.7 –1.3 –1.7
91 Libraries, archives, museums… 11 113.4 –2.3 –0.5 2.3
92 Gambling and betting activities 119 100.9 3.2 –5.9 –5.8
93 Sports activities and amusement... 204 94.3 1.3 1.3 1.3
S Other service activities 551 96.8 –0.7 0.4 –0.6
95 Repair of computers… 228 95.2 –2.3 0.3 –0.7
96 Other personal service activities 323 98.0 0.5 0.5 –0.5
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months / previous three months.
  • Source: INSEE

Strong jump in accommodation and food service activities

The sales volume in accommodation and food service activities rebounded sharply in July (+1.1% after –0.8%). This upturn was particularly significant in restaurants and fast food services (+2.5% after –1.5%). However, sales volume decreased strongly in event catering and other food services (–2.1%).

The sales volume of the whole sector increased over the last three months (+0.7%) and levelled off year on year.

Upturn in household services after a four-month-in-a-row decline

In July, the sales volume in household services bounced back (+0.4% after –0.5%). Growth was driven by gambling and betting activities (+3.2%), sports activities and amusement (+1.3%), creative, arts and entertainment activities (+1.7%). Sales volume increased also in other personal service activities (+0.5%). On the contrary, it decreased significantly in repair of computers (–2.3% after +0.3%).

The sales volume in household services decreased over the last three months (–1.0%) and rose slightly year-on-year (+0.3%).

Revisions

The change for June 2015 was revised by +0.6 points in accommodation and food service activities. Initially calculated at –1.4%, it was revised at –0.8%, due to the new calculation of SA-WDA coefficients. On that same month, it was revised by +0.1 points in retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles. It was unchanged in other sectors.

Monthly survey on large-scale food retailing in August 2015

In August 2015, the turnover in large-scale food retailing improved (+0.5% after –0.4% in July) due to the rebound of sales of food products (+2.0% after–0.7%). Sales of automotive fuel fell strongly again (–3.1% after –2.4%).

Tab3_anglais – Monthly turnover indices in large-scale food retailing

SA-WDA value, Base year 2010
Monthly turnover indices in large-scale food retailing
Change in %
Aug./ July July/ June q-o-q (1) y-o-y (1)
Turnover 0.5 –0.4 0.5 0.8
Including
Sales of food products 2.0 –0.7 1.0 3.3
Sales of non-food products 0.0 0.7 –0.5 0.7
Sales of automotive fuel –3.1 –2.4 0.8 –7.5
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months / previous three months.
  • Source : INSEE - Monthly survey on large scale food retailing (Emagsa)