In August 2015, the sales volume increased in overall retail trade but decreased in accommodation and food service activitiesSales volume in the retail trade and personal services - August 2015

In August 2015, the sales volume increased in overall trade (+0.3%) and in household services. (+0.7%). On the contrary, it declined in accommodation and food service activities (–0.7%).

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 August 2015, the sales volume increased in overall trade (+0.3%) and in household services (+0.7%). On the contrary, it declined in accommodation and food service activities (–0.7%).

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

  • Source: INSEE

Rise in retail trade

In August 2015, the sales volume grew slightly in retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+0.3%). According to early estimates, it should fall back in September (–0.4%).

Sales volume went on growing in specialised stores (+0.7% after +0.2%): it increased in particular in retail sale of other goods (pharmacy, clothings, etc.: +0.6%), in retail sale of automotive fuel (+2.3%), and in retail sale of other household equipment (+0.9%). However, sales volume was slightly down again in non specialised stores (–0.2%).

The sales volume in retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles went up sharply over the last three months (+1.3%, q-o-q) and over the year (+3.5%, y-o-y).

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 Aug./ July July/ June q-o-q (1) y-o-y (2)
47 Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 0.3 0.1 1.3 3.5
471 Retail sale in non-specialized stores 369 –0.2 –0.2 1.0 2.9
472 to 477 Retail sale in specialized stores 573 0.7 0.2 1.6 4.2
478 and 479 Retail trade not in stores 58 –0.4 0.1 0.0 0.2
45 Trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 0.3 0.0 1.3 3.9
I Accommodation and food service activities 1000 –0.7 1.2 0.6 –0.5
R+S Household services 1000 0.7 0.7 –0.1 1.1
R Arts, entertainment and recreation 449 0.1 1.9 –0.7 1.3
S Other service activities 551 1.2 –0.2 0.3 1.0
  • (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 %
Sept. 2015/ Aug. 2015 Sept. 2015/ Sept. 2014
47 Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles –0.4 3.6
  • * Econometric estimate from a set of sources available within 30 days after the end of the reference month
  • Source: INSEE

Growth in trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles

In August, the sales volume in retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles improved slightly (+0.3%) thanks to the rebound of sale of motor vehicles (+0.9% after –0.2% in July) while the rest of the sector was down.

The sales volume rose strongly over the last three months (+1.3%) and year - on - year (+3.9%).

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 Aug. 2015 Aug./ July July/June q-o-q (1)
47 Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 109.0 0.3 0.1 1.3
471 Non-specialised stores 369 101.4 –0.2 –0.2 1.0
472 to 477 Specialised stores 573 114.3 0.7 0.2 1.6
472 Retail sale of food, beverages and tobacco in specialised stores 49 104.7 0.6 –1.3 0.3
473 Retail sale of automotive fuel 78 99.1 2.3 0.7 0.6
474 Retail sale of information and communication equipment 28 159.1 0.8 1.4 3.0
475 Retail sale of other household equipment 112 103.6 0.9 –0.4 1.3
476 Retail sale of cultural and recreation goods 48 104.8 –1.3 0.3 1.1
477 Retail sale of other goods in specialised stores 258 122.3 0.6 0.4 2.0
478 et 479 Retail trade not in stores 58 105.9 –0.4 0.1 0.0
45 Wholesale and retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 99.9 0.3 0.0 1.3
451 Sale of motor vehicles 671 100.2 0.9 –0.2 1.1
452 Maintenance and repair of motor vehicles 78 90.6 –0.8 –0.7 –0.3
453 Sale of motor vehicle parts and accessories 227 103.3 –1.2 1.2 2.3
454 Sale, maintenance and repair of motorcycles and related parts and accessories 24 87.2 –0.9 –1.6 –1.1
I Accommodation and food service activities 1000 92.7 –0.7 1.2 0.6
55 Accommodation 255 95.4 –0.6 0.4 0.4
56 Food and beverage service activities 745 91.7 –0.7 1.4 0.7
561 Restaurants… 549 90.6 –0.9 2.2 0.9
562 Event catering… 116 101.0 –0.3 –1.3 –0.2
563 Beverage serving activities 80 86.2 0.2 0.6 0.6
R+S Household services 1000 98.2 0.7 0.7 –0.1
R Arts, entertainment and recreation 449 97.3 0.1 1.9 –0.7
90 Creative, arts and entertainment activities 115 96.3 0.3 1.6 –1.1
91 Libraries, archives, museums… 11 110.5 0.2 –3.8 –1.0
92 Gambling and betting activities 119 102.1 1.2 3.1 –5.4
93 Sports activities and amusement... 204 94.4 –0.7 1.7 2.7
S Other service activities 551 98.9 1.2 –0.2 0.3
95 Repair of computers… 228 98.0 1.3 –1.3 –0.3
96 Other personal service activities 323 99.5 1.2 0.7 0.8
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months / previous three months.
  • Source: INSEE

Downturn in accommodation and food service activities

The sales volume in accommodation and food service activities shrank in August (–0.7%) after a rebound in July (+1.2%). The decrease was almost general, including a sharp decline in restaurants and fast food services (–0.9% after +2.2%) and in accommodation (–0.6% after +0.4%).

The sales volume of the whole sector increased over the last three months (+0.6%) but was down year on year (–0.5%).

Further growth in household services

In August, the sales volume in household services increased at the same pace as in July (+0.7%). The rise was driven by other personal service activities (+1.2%), by repair of computers (+1.3%) and by gambling and betting activities (+1.2%). On the contrary, the sales volume decreased in sports activities and amusement (–0.7%).

The sales volume in household services was virtually stable over the last three months (–0.1%) and it rose year-on-year (+1.1%).

Revisions

The variation for July 2015 has been raised by +0.3 points in household services. Initially calculated at +0.4%, it has been revised at +0.7%. It has been revised by –0.1 points in retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles and by +0.1 points in accommodation and food service activities. It is unchanged in retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles.

Monthly survey on large-scale food retailing in September 2015

In September 2015, the turnover in large-scale food retailing declined (–0.8% after +0.4% in August). The decrease was general, regardless of the type of product. It was again particularly strong in sales of automotive fuel which continued to fall for the third month in a row (–3.2% after –3.8% in August and –2.4% in July).

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 %
Sept./ Aug. Aug./ July q-o-q (1) y-o-y (1)
Turnover –0.8 0.4 –0.7 –0.1
Including
Sales of food products –0.4 2.0 0.7 2.6
Sales of non-food products –0.7 –0.2 –1.1 0.8
Sales of automotive fuel –3.2 –3.8 –4.7 –10.6
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months / previous three months.
  • Source: INSEE - Monthly survey on large scale food retailing (Emagsa)