In August 2014, the turnover improved in the wholesale trade and business servicesTurnover in the wholesale trade and business services - August 2014

In August 2014, the turnover increased in business support activities (+0.8%), in the wholesale trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles (+0.7%), in information and communication (+0.5%) and in transportation and storage (+0.3%). It remained steady in real estate activities (0.0%)

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No 246
Paru le : 24/10/2014

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 August 2014, the turnover increased in business support activities (+0.8%), in the wholesale trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles (+0.7%), in information and communication (+0.5%) and in transportation and storage (+0.3%). It remained steady in real estate activities (0.0%)

Graph1_anglais – Wholesale trade and business services

  • Source : INSEE

Bounce back in the wholesale trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles

In August, the turnover in the wholesale trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles picked up (+0.7%) after a fall in July (–0.8%). It rose in the wholesale of household goods (+1.5%), in the wholesale of other machinery, equipment and supplies (+1.8%), in other specialised wholesale (+0.7%) and in the wholesale of food, beverages and tobacco (+0.6%). By contrast, it slumped in the wholesale of agricultural raw materials and live animals (–4.8%).

Turnover of the wholesale trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles went up over the last three months (+0.7%, q-o-q) and over the year, but more slightly (+0.2%, y-o-y).

Slight growth in transportation and storage

In August, the turnover of transportation and storage increased slightly (+0.3%) after a decline in July (–1.3%). It climbed in land transport and transport via pipelines (+0.7%), in air transport (+3.0%) and in warehousing and support activities for transportation (+0.4%). On the contrary, it fell in water transport (–3.6%) as well as in postal and courier activities (–2.4%).

The turnover of transportation and storage held almost steady over the last three months (+0.1%, q-o-q). Over the year, it improved (+0.7%, y-o-y).

Stability in real estate activities

The turnover in real estate activities remained stable in August (0.0%) after a slight shrink in July (–0.3%). It improved over the last three months (+0.4%, q-o-q) and more substantially over the year (+1.7%, y-o-y).

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 Aug./July July/ June q-o-q (1) y-o-y (2)
46 Wholesale trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 0.7 –0.8 0.7 0.2
H Transportation and storage 1000 0.3 –1.3 0.1 0.7
J Information and communication 1000 0.5 –1.4 0.1 –0.5
L Real estate activities 1000 0.0 –0.3 0.4 1.7
M+N Business support activities 1000 0.8 0.0 1.2 2.5
M Professional, scientific and technical activities 579 0.5 0.4 0.8 2.3
N Administrative and support service activities 421 1.2 –0.5 1.7 2.8
  • (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

Increase in information and communication

In August, turnover in information and communication rebounded (+0.5%) after a fall in July (–1.4%). It went up in telecommunications (+1.3%), in publishing activities (+1.9%) and in motion picture, video and television programme production (+1.7%). Conversely, it decreased in programming and broadcasting activities (–3.4%), information service activities (–1.9%) and in computer programming consultancy and related activities (–0.4%).

The turnover of information and communication levelled off over the last three months (+0.1%, q-o-q) but declined over the year (–0.5%, y-o-y).

Increase in business support activities

The turnover in business support activities rose in August (+0.8%) after having been flat in July (0.0%). It climbed in administrative and support service activities (+1.2%), in particular in office administrative, office support and other business support activities (+1.6%), in rental and leasing activities (+0.9%) and in travel agency, tour operator and other reservation service and related activities (+1.6%). The turnover also increased in professional, scientific and technical activities (+0.5%): it rose in architectural and engineering activities (+1.6%) as well as in legal and accounting activities (+1.4%), while it declined in activities of head office (–1.2%).

The turnover in business support activities improved over the last three months (+1.2%, q-o-q) and more substantially over the year (+2.5%, y-o-y).

Revisions

The change in July was revised by +0.2 point in business support activities. Initially calculated at –0.2%, it was revised at 0.0%. That same month, the change was revised by –0.2 point in real estate activities, by –0.1 point in information and communication and by +0.1 point in the wholesale trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles. It remained unchanged in transportation and storage.

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 Aug. 2014 Aug./July July/ June q-o-q (1)
46 Wholesale trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 111.0 0.7 –0.8 0.7
461 Wholesale on a fee or contract basis 152 117.9 0.0 –1.2 0.9
462 Wholesale of agricultural raw materials and live animals 54 116.6 –4.8 3.5 2.6
463 Wholesale of food, beverages and tobacco 170 111.5 0.6 –2.8 0.5
464 Wholesale of household goods 207 107.8 1.5 –0.8 0.9
465 Wholesale of information and communication equipment 61 102.4 1.6 1.1 –1.6
466 Wholesale of other machinery, equipment and supplies 125 113.3 1.8 –1.7 0.4
467 Other specialised wholesale 197 107.7 0.7 0.1 0.8
469 Non specialised wholesale trade 34 113.9 2.4 –1.5 0.9
H Transportation and storage 1000 106.5 0.3 –1.3 0.1
49 Land transport and transport via pipelines 407 107.8 0.7 –2.4 –0.2
50 Water transport 73 107.2 –3.6 0.9 –0.2
51 Air transport 91 108.3 3.0 2.7 2.2
52 Warehousing and support activities for transportation 360 106.2 0.4 –1.8 –0.4
53 Postal and courier activities 69 97.4 –2.4 0.0 2.9
J Information and communication 1000 102.3 0.5 –1.4 0.1
58 Publishing activities 158 106.3 1.9 0.7 0.9
59 Motion picture, video and television programme production… 76 102.1 1.7 –1.7 –1.9
60 Programming and broadcasting activities 61 101.8 –3.4 –3.2 –2.5
61 Telecommunications 396 92.3 1.3 –2.6 0.2
62 Computer programming, consultancy and related activities 251 113.9 –0.4 –1.5 0.5
63 Information service activities 58 110.8 –1.9 3.2 0.8
L Real estate activities 1000 103.1 0.0 –0.3 0.4
681 Buying and selling of own real estate 96 83.3 –0.5 –2.8 –3.0
682 Renting and operating of own or leased real estate 691 106.3 –0.1 0.3 1.1
683 Real estate activities on a fee or contract basis 213 101.4 0.4 –1.3 –0.7
M+N Business support activities 1000 112.1 0.8 0.0 1.2
M Professional, scientific and technical activities 579 111.8 0.5 0.4 0.8
69 Legal and accounting activities 90 109.6 1.4 0.5 1.8
70 Activities of head offices… 219 117.2 –1.2 1.6 0.6
71 Architectural and engineering activities… 151 110.5 1.6 –0.4 1.8
72 Scientific research and development 26 104.9 2.5 –2.0 –2.2
73 Advertising and market research 68 101.7 1.3 –1.4 –1.3
74 Other professional, scientific and technical activities 19 114.3 3.3 –0.9 1.0
75 Veterinary activities 6 114.7 0.4 0.2 1.1
N Administrative and support service activities 421 112.6 1.2 –0.5 1.7
77 Rental and leasing activities 98 110.8 0.9 0.2 0.2
78 Employment activities 80 108.6 0.6 –1.2 0.9
79 Travel agency, tour operator… 42 108.0 1.6 2.6 4.1
80 Security and investigation activities 21 116.8 2.8 –2.4 2.2
81 Services to buildings and landscape activities 50 110.0 0.8 –2.2 0.8
82 Office administrative, office support and other business support activities 131 118.0 1.6 –0.5 2.7
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months / previous three months
  • Source: INSEE