In May 2014, the turnover decreased in transportation and storage , in the wholesale trade and in business support activitiesTurnover in the wholesale trade and business services - May 2014

In May 2014, the turnover decreased in transportation and storage (–2.2%), in the wholesale trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles (–1.2%) and in business support activities (–0.9%). On the contrary, it went up in information and communication (+0.4%). It held almost steady in real estate activities (–0.1%).

Every index in this issue is in value, seasonally and working day adjusted (SA-WDA). Bridging days (Fridays 2nd, 9th and 30th May) were considered like normal working days for SA-WDA treatment 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 May 2014, the turnover decreased in transportation and storage (–2.2%), in the wholesale trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles (–1.2%) and in business support activities (–0.9%). On the contrary, it went up in information and communication (+0.4%). It held almost steady in real estate activities (–0.1%).

Graph1_anglais – Wholesale trade and business services

  • Source : INSEE

Decrease in the wholesale trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles

In May, the turnover declined in the wholesale trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles (–1.2% after –0.2% in April). It decreased in the wholesale of other machinery, equipment and supplies (–2.8%), in the wholesale of agricultural raw materials and live animals (–5.1%), in the wholesale of food, beverages and tobacco (–1.5%) as well as in other specialised wholesale (–1.4%). On the other hand, it improved in the wholesale of information and communication equipment (+2.0%).

The turnover decreased over the last three months (–1.0%) and over the year (–1.1%, y-o-y).

Decrease in transportation and storage

In May, the turnover of transportation and storage dipped once more (–2.2% after –1.2% in April). It decreased in land transport and transport via pipelines (–2.3%), in warehousing and support activities for transportation (–2.6%), in postal and courier activities (–4.8%) and in water transport (–1.7%). Conversely, it grew in air transport (+1.8%).

The turnover of transportation and storage declined over the last three months (–1.3%, q-o-q), but improved slightly over the year (+0.4%, y-o-y).

Near-stability in real estate activities

The turnover of real estate activities remained almost steady in May (–0.1% after –0.1% in April). It rised very slightly over the last three months (+0.2%) and a little more over the year (+0.6%).

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 May/ April April/March q-o-q (1) y-o-y (2)
46 Wholesale trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 –1.2 –0.2 –1.0 –1.1
H Transportation and storage 1000 –2.2 –1.2 –1.3 0.4
J Information and communication 1000 0.4 –0.5 –1.0 –2.4
L Real estate activities 1000 –0.1 –0.1 0.2 0.6
M+N Business support activities 1000 –0.9 –0.1 –0.5 0.4
M Professional, scientific and technical activities 579 –0.7 0.5 0.1 0.4
N Administrative and support service activities 421 –1.0 –0.9 –1.3 0.4
  • (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

Increase in information and communication

In May, the turnover increased slightly in information and communication (+0.4% after –0.5% in April). It went up in telecommunications (+1.0%), in programming and broadcasting activities (+2.8%), in information service activities (+1.5%), and in motion picture, video and television programme production (+1.3%). By contrast, it declined in computer programming, consultancy and related activities (–1.1%). It was almost stable in publishing activities (–0.1%).

The turnover of information and communication decreased over the last three months (–1.0%, q-o-q) and, to a greater extent, over the year (–2.4%, y-o-y).

Decrease in business support activities

In May, the turnover decreased in business support activities (–0.9% after –0.1% in April). The turnover declined in the professional, scientific and technical activities (–0.7%): in particular, it slided in activities of head offices…(–0.7%), in architectural and engineering activities…(–0.8%) and in legal and accounting activities (–1.2%). The turnover in administrative and support service activities declined as well (–1.0%), due to a strong decrease in employment activities (–3.4%) and to a moderate one in rental and leasing activities (–0.8%) and in services to buildings and landscape activities (–1.2%).

The turnover in business support activities declined over the last three months (–0.5%, q-o-q) but increased slightly over the year (+0.4%, y-o-y).

Revisions

The change in April was revised by –0.6 point in transportation and storage, half of it due to the recalculation of seasonally and working day coefficients. Initially calculated at –0.6%, the turnover was revised at –1.2%. It was revised by –0.2 point in information and communication and in business support activities, and by –0.1 point in real estate activities. It remained unchanged in the wholesale trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles.

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 May 2014 May/April April/March q-o-q (1)
46 Wholesale trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 108.9 –1.2 –0.2 –1.0
461 Wholesale on a fee or contract basis 152 117.5 –0.1 1.0 –0.5
462 Wholesale of agricultural raw materials and live animals 54 112.2 –5.1 0.7 –7.2
463 Wholesale of food, beverages and tobacco 170 110.5 –1.5 0.9 –0.6
464 Wholesale of household goods 207 105.6 –0.5 0.3 –0.3
465 Wholesale of information and communication equipment 61 103.1 2.0 –2.8 –0.9
466 Wholesale of other machinery, equipment and supplies 125 110.0 –2.8 0.1 –1.2
467 Other specialised wholesale 197 103.9 –1.4 –2.3 –1.2
469 Non specialised wholesale trade 34 111.7 –0.7 1.1 2.3
H Transportation and storage 1000 104.5 –2.2 –1.2 –1.3
49 Land transport and transport via pipelines 407 105.2 –2.3 –3.2 –1.1
50 Water transport 73 110.2 –1.7 3.2 –0.9
51 Air transport 91 104.3 1.8 –0.2 –2.4
52 Warehousing and support activities for transportation 360 104.6 –2.6 –0.8 –0.8
53 Postal and courier activities 69 94.5 –4.8 4.6 –3.7
J Information and communication 1000 102.1 0.4 –0.5 –1.0
58 Publishing activities 158 103.2 –0.1 –1.2 1.2
59 Motion picture, video and television programme production… 76 104.5 1.3 –1.0 0.1
60 Programming and broadcasting activities 61 111.0 2.8 1.9 3.7
61 Telecommunications 396 92.3 1.0 0.3 –2.9
62 Computer programming, consultancy and related activities 251 112.1 –1.1 –1.2 –1.5
63 Information service activities 58 110.7 1.5 –1.9 0.4
L Real estate activities 1000 102.8 –0.1 –0.1 0.2
681 Buying and selling of own real estate 96 87.9 1.3 –3.0 –1.5
682 Renting and operating of own or leased real estate 691 105.0 –0.2 0.5 0.9
683 Real estate activities on a fee or contract basis 213 102.2 –0.2 –0.9 –1.5
M+N Business support activities 1000 109.2 –0.9 –0.1 –0.5
M Professional, scientific and technical activities 579 109.9 –0.7 0.5 0.1
69 Legal and accounting activities 90 105.5 –1.2 0.0 –0.8
70 Activities of head offices… 219 116.5 –0.7 0.6 0.7
71 Architectural and engineering activities… 151 106.8 –0.8 1.3 –0.9
72 Scientific research and development 26 104.6 –2.7 –0.1 3.0
73 Advertising and market research 68 102.7 0.0 –0.9 0.3
74 Other professional, scientific and technical activities 19 112.3 0.7 0.2 –0.8
75 Veterinary activities 6 112.4 –0.5 –0.3 0.0
N Administrative and support service activities 421 108.2 –1.0 –0.9 –1.3
77 Rental and leasing activities 98 109.1 –0.8 –0.2 –0.3
78 Employment activities 80 103.8 –3.4 –0.5 –2.6
79 Travel agency, tour operator… 42 100.8 –0.3 0.1 –2.3
80 Security and investigation activities 21 112.4 1.4 –2.1 –0.7
81 Services to buildings and landscape activities 50 108.3 –1.2 –0.8 –0.9
82 Office administrative, office support and other business support activities 131 111.9 –0.4 –1.9 –1.1
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months / previous three months.
  • Source: INSEE