In September 2015, the sales volume levelled off in retail trade and increased in trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcyclesSales volume in the retail trade and personal services - September 2015

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.

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 September 2015, the sales volume was virtually stable in retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles (–0.1%) whereas it increased in trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+1.0%). By contrast, it fell in accommodation and food service activities (–0.8%) and in household services (–1.3%).

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

  • Source: INSEE

Virtual stability in retail trade

In September 2015, the sales volume levelled off in retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles (–0.1%). According to early estimates, it should decline in October (–0.3%).

The sales volume remained stable in retail sales in specialised stores as a whole : the slight declines in retail sale of other goods (pharmacy, clothings, etc. : –0.3%) and in retail sale of other household equipment (–0.3%) were offset by the rises in retail sale of automotive fuel (+0.6%) and in retail sale of information and communication equipment (+0.8%). Sales volume in non specialised stores decreased at the same moderate pace as in August (–0.2%).

The sales volume in retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles went up over the last quarter (+0.8%, q-o-q) and year-on-year (+3.6%).

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 Sept./ Aug. Aug./ July q-o-q (1) y-o-y (2)
47 Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 –0.1 0.4 0.8 3.6
471 Retail sale in non-specialized stores 369 –0.2 –0.2 0.2 2.7
472 to 477 Retail sale in specialized stores 573 0.0 0.8 1.2 4.5
478 and 479 Retail trade not in stores 58 0.0 –0.4 –0.5 0.9
45 Trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 1.0 0.4 1.3 4.4
I Accommodation and food service activities 1000 –0.8 –0.9 –0.3 –1.1
R+S Household services 1000 –1.3 0.7 0.3 0.7
R Arts, entertainment and recreation 449 –0.8 0.1 0.4 1.4
S Other service activities 551 –1.6 1.2 0.3 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, based on NACE.
  • 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 %
Oct. 2015/ Sept. 2015 Oct. 2015/ Oct. 2014
47 Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles –0.3 3.6
  • * Econometric estimate from a set of sources available within 30 days after the end of the reference month
  • Source: INSEE

Speeding up in trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles

In September, the sales volume in retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles accelerated (+1.0% after +0.% in August). It went on increasing in sale of motor vehicles (+1.4% after +1.0% in August) and it recovered slightly in sale of motor vehicle parts and accessories (+0.2% after –1.1%).

The sales volume rose over the last quarter (+1.3%) and year-on-year (+4.4%).

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 Sept. 2015 Sept./Aug. Aug./July q-o-q (1)
47 Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 108.9 –0.1 0.4 0.8
471 Non-specialised stores 369 101.2 –0.2 –0.2 0.2
472 to 477 Specialised stores 573 114.2 0.0 0.8 1.2
472 Retail sale of food, beverages and tobacco in specialised stores 49 104.8 0.2 0.5 –0.5
473 Retail sale of automotive fuel 78 98.6 0.6 2.2 1.3
474 Retail sale of information and communication equipment 28 160.7 0.8 0.8 3.3
475 Retail sale of other household equipment 112 103.2 –0.3 0.9 0.7
476 Retail sale of cultural and recreation goods 48 105.0 0.1 –1.3 0.0
477 Retail sale of other goods in specialised stores 258 122.2 –0.3 0.8 1.6
478 et 479 Retail trade not in stores 58 105.7 0.0 –0.4 –0.5
45 Wholesale and retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 101.1 1.0 0.4 1.3
451 Sale of motor vehicles 671 101.9 1.4 1.0 1.5
452 Maintenance and repair of motor vehicles 78 90.6 0.0 –0.7 –0.9
453 Sale of motor vehicle parts and accessories 227 103.7 0.2 –1.1 1.7
454 Sale, maintenance and repair of motorcycles and related parts and accessories 24 86.4 –0.9 –0.7 –2.6
I Accommodation and food service activities 1000 91.6 –0.8 –0.9 –0.3
55 Accommodation 255 96.1 0.7 –0.6 0.0
56 Food and beverage service activities 745 90.1 –1.4 –0.9 –0.4
561 Restaurants… 549 88.8 –1.5 –1.2 –0.2
562 Event catering… 116 100.4 –0.4 –0.5 –1.1
563 Beverage serving activities 80 84.2 –1.8 0.2 –0.3
R+S Household services 1000 96.9 –1.3 0.7 0.3
R Arts, entertainment and recreation 449 96.7 –0.8 0.1 0.4
90 Creative, arts and entertainment activities 115 97.1 0.7 0.2 1.0
91 Libraries, archives, museums… 11 111.1 0.9 0.0 –2.7
92 Gambling and betting activities 119 105.1 2.6 1.3 –0.3
93 Sports activities and amusement... 204 90.7 –3.9 –0.6 0.8
S Other service activities 551 97.2 –1.6 1.2 0.3
95 Repair of computers… 228 96.6 –1.3 1.2 –0.7
96 Other personal service activities 323 97.5 –1.9 1.2 0.9
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months /previous three months.
  • Source: INSEE

Further decline in accommodation and food service activities

The sales volume in accommodation and food service activities was down again in September (–0.8% after –0.9% in August). The fall concerned mainly restaurants and fast food services (–1.5%) and beverage serving activities (–1.8%). On the other hand, accommodation picked up (+0.7% after –0.6%).

The sales volume of the whole sector decreased quarter-on-quarter (–0.3%) and year-on-year (–1.1%).

Downturn in household services

In September, the sales volume in household services fell sharply (–1.3% after +0.7% in August). The decrease was driven down by sports activities and amusement (–3.9%), by other personal service activities (–1.9%) and by repair of computers (–1.3%). On the contrary, the sales volume went on rising in gambling and betting activities (+2.6%) and creative, arts and entertainment activities (+0.7%).

The sales volume in household services grew over the last quarter (+0.3%) and year-on-year (+0.7%).

Revisions

The variation for August 2015 has been raised by +0.1 points in retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles and in retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles. It has been revised by –0.2 points in accommodation and food service activities and is unchanged in household services.

Monthly survey on large-scale food retailing in October 2015

In October 2015, the turnover in large-scale food retailing shrank again (–0.7% after –0.8% in September). Sales of food products (–1.1%) decreased more strongly than those of non-food products (–0.6%). However, sales of automotive fuel picked up (+1.4%) after a three-month-in-a-row fall.

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 %
Oct./ Sept. Sept./ Aug. q-o-q (1) y-o-y (1)
Turnover –0.7 –0.8 –1.0 –0.8
Including
Sales of food products –1.1 –0.3 0.7 2.0
Sales of non-food products –0.6 –0.8 –0.9 –0.5
Sales of automotive fuel 1.4 –3.0 –6.7 –12.8
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months / previous three months.
  • Source: INSEE - Monthly survey on large scale food retailing (EMAGSA)