In April 2014, the turnover decreased in transportation and storage , in information and communication, and in the wholesale tradeTurnover in the wholesale trade and business services - April 2014

In April 2014, the turnover decreased in transportation and storage (–0.6%). It went down slightly in information and communication (–0.3%) and in the wholesale trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles (–0.2%). It held steady in real estate activities and remained almost stable in business support activities (+0.1%).

Every index in this issue is in value, seasonally and working day adjusted. The commentary shows evolutions of subsections by decreasing contributions. The contribution of a subsection depends on the extent of the evolution and on its weight.

In April 2014, the turnover decreased in transportation and storage (–0.6%). It went down slightly in information and communication (–0.3%) and in the wholesale trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles (–0.2%). It held steady in real estate activities and remained almost stable in business support activities (+0.1%).

Graph1_anglais – Wholesale trade and business services

  • Source : INSEE

Slight decrease in the wholesale trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles

In April, the turnover declined slightly in the wholesale trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles (–0.2% after –0.2% in March). It decreased in the other specialised wholesale trade (–2.3%) and in the wholesale of information and communication equipment (–2.6%). Conversely, the turnover grew in the wholesale on a fee or contract basis (+1.0%), in the wholesale of food, beverages and tobacco (+0.6%), in the wholesale of agricultural raw materials and live animals (+0.9%) and in the non-specialised wholesale trade (+1.2%). The turnover of the wholesale trade held

steady over the last three months, and decreased slightly over the year (–0.2%, y-o-y).

Decrease in transportation and storage

In April, the turnover of transportation and storage declined (–0.6%, after +0.3% in March). It decreased in land transport and transport via pipelines (–2.4%) and more moderately in air transport (–0.3%). By contrast, it rose in postal and courier activities (+5.2%) and in water transport (+3.1%). It remained almost steady in warehousing and support activities for transportation (–0.1%).

The turnover of transportation and storage improved over the last three months (+0.7%, q-o-q), and, to a greater extent, over the year (+2.3%, y-o-y).

Stability in real estate activities

The turnover of real estate activities held steady in April (0.0% after +0.2% in March). It rised slightly over the last three months (+0.3%), and more sharply over the year (+1.1%).

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 April/March March/Feb. q-o-q (1) y-o-y (2)
46 Wholesale trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 –0.2 –0.2 0.0 –0.2
H Transportation and storage 1000 –0.6 0.3 0.7 2.3
J Information and communication 1000 –0.3 0.2 –0.7 –2.4
L Real estate activities 1000 0.0 0.2 0.3 1.1
M+N Business support activities 1000 0.1 –0.1 0.1 1.3
M Professional, scientific and technical activities 579 0.5 –0.4 0.0 1.1
N Administrative and support service activities 421 –0.4 0.3 0.3 1.5
  • (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 NACE classification.
  • Source: INSEE

Slight decrease in information and communication

In April, the turnover dipped slightly in information and communication (–0.3% after +0.2% in March). It decreased in publishing activities (–1.0%), in information service activities (–1.9%), in motion picture, video and television programme production (–1.1%) and in computer programming, consultancy and related activities (–0.3%). By contrast, it went up in programming and broadcasting activities (+1.7%) and, to a lesser extent, in telecommunications (+0.3%).

The turnover of information and communication decreased over the last three months (–0.7%, q-o-q) and over the year (–2.4%, y-o-y).

Near-stability in business support activities

In April, the turnover levelled off in business support activities (+0.1% after –0.1% in March). The turnover climbed in the professional, scientific and technical activities (+0.5%): in particular, it went up in architectural and engineering activities… (+1.3%) and in activities of head offices… (+0.6%), but it declined in advertising and market research (–0.8%). Conversely, the turnover in administrative and support service activities declined (–0.4%): it decreased in office administrative, office support and other business support activities (–0.6%), employment activities (–0.6%) and security and investigation activities (–2.3%).

The turnover in business support activities remained almost stable over the last three months (+0.1%, q-o-q) but increased over the year (+1.3%, y-o-y).

Revisions

The change in March was revised by –0.3 point in transportation and storage. Initially calculated at +0.6%, the turnover was revised at +0.3%. It was revised by –0.1 point in real estate activities. It remained unchanged in information and communication, in the wholesale trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles and in business support activities.

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
Variation en %
Nace Classification Weight April 2014 April/March March/Feb. q-o-q (1)
46 Wholesale trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 110.5 –0.2 –0.2 0.0
461 Wholesale on a fee or contract basis 152 117.6 1.0 0.2 –1.0
462 Wholesale of agricultural raw materials and live animals 54 119.2 0.9 –6.6 –0.2
463 Wholesale of food, beverages and tobacco 170 112.0 0.6 –0.1 –0.1
464 Wholesale of household goods 207 106.2 0.2 –1.1 1.0
465 Wholesale of information and communication equipment 61 101.2 –2.6 1.1 –0.6
466 Wholesale of other machinery, equipment and supplies 125 113.9 0.2 –0.7 1.0
467 Other specialised wholesale 197 105.9 –2.3 2.1 –1.2
469 Non-specialised wholesale trade 34 112.5 1.2 0.7 3.1
H Transportation and storage 1000 107.9 –0.6 0.3 0.7
49 Land transport and transport via pipelines 407 109.1 –2.4 1.9 1.4
50 Water transport 73 112.3 3.1 –3.4 0.4
51 Air transport 91 102.0 –0.3 –1.8 –3.0
52 Warehousing and support activities for transportation 360 108.7 –0.1 0.8 1.3
53 Postal and courier activities 69 99.8 5.2 –5.6 –1.7
J Information and communication 1000 102.1 –0.3 0.2 –0.7
58 Publishing activities 158 103.5 –1.0 2.8 –0.7
59 Motion picture, video and television programme production… 76 103.0 –1.1 0.8 0.5
60 Programming and broadcasting activities 61 107.4 1.7 0.7 2.7
61 Telecommunications 396 91.2 0.3 –1.5 –2.6
62 Computer programming, consultancy and related activities 251 115.2 –0.3 0.3 0.4
63 Information service activities 58 109.1 –1.9 1.0 –0.2
L Real estate activities 1000 103.1 0.0 0.2 0.3
681 Buying and selling of own real estate 96 86.3 –3.7 –1.0 –0.7
682 Renting and operating of own or leased real estate 691 105.6 0.7 0.2 1.0
683 Real estate activities on a fee or contract basis 213 102.6 –0.8 0.7 –1.7
M+N Business support activities 1000 110.7 0.1 –0.1 0.1
M Professional, scientific and technical activities 579 110.9 0.5 –0.4 0.0
69 Legal and accounting activities 90 107.1 0.1 –2.8 1.2
70 Activities of head offices… 219 117.4 0.6 0.8 0.4
71 Architectural and engineering activities… 151 107.7 1.3 –1.7 –2.4
72 Scientific research and development 26 108.4 0.2 2.7 3.5
73 Advertising and market research 68 102.8 –0.8 0.6 0.9
74 Other professional, scientific and technical activities 19 111.6 0.3 –1.1 –0.4
75 Veterinary activities 6 113.5 –0.3 0.3 1.0
N Administrative and support service activities 421 110.4 –0.4 0.3 0.3
77 Rental and leasing activities 98 110.7 0.2 0.3 0.7
78 Employment activities 80 108.4 –0.6 0.9 –0.6
79 Travel agency, tour operator… 42 101.9 0.6 –2.0 –0.4
80 Security and investigation activities 21 110.9 –2.3 –0.4 0.1
81 Services to buildings and landscape activities 50 110.1 –0.7 1.1 –0.3
82 Office administrative, office support and other business support activities 131 114.2 –0.6 0.4 0.8
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months / previous three months.
  • Source: INSEE