In December 2014, the turnover rose in information and communication and in the wholesale trade but fell in transportation and storageTurnover in the wholesale trade and business services - December 2014

In December 2014, the turnover increased in information and communication (+0.9%). It also went up slightly in the wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+0.2%) and in real estate activities (+0.2%). It held almost steady in business support activities (+0.1%). Conversely, it decreased in transportation and storage (–0.4%).

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 December 2014, the turnover increased in information and communication (+0.9%). It also went up slightly in the wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+0.2%) and in real estate activities (+0.2%). It held almost steady in business support activities (+0.1%). Conversely, it decreased in transportation and storage (–0.4%).

Graph1_anglais – Wholesale trade and business services

  • Source: INSEE

Slight increase in the wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles

In December, the turnover of the wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles improved slightly (+0.2%) after two consecutive months of decline. It increased in the wholesale on a fee or contract basis (+1.1%), in the wholesale of food, beverages and tobacco (+1.0%), of household goods (+0.5%) and of information and communication equipment (+1.3%). On the contrary, it declined in other specialised wholesale (–2.0%).

The turnover of the wholesale trade went down over Q4 2014 (–1.5%) as well as over the year (–1.8%).

Decrease in transportation and storage

In December, the turnover of transportation and storage declined (–0.4%) after two consecutive months of increase.

It decreased sharply in air transport (–5.7%). It also decreased in warehousing and support activities for transportation (–0.9%) and in water transport (–1.3%). Conversely, it went up in land transport and transport via pipelines (+0.8%) and sharply in postal and courier activities (+3.8%).

The turnover of transportation and storage improved over the last quarter of 2014 (+1.6%) and over the year (+1.7%).

Slight increase in real estate activities

The turnover of real estate activities increased slightly in December (+0.2%) after a slight decrease in November (–0.2%). It declined over the last quarter of 2014 (–0.4%) and over the year (–0.9%).

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 Dec./Nov. Nov./Oct. q-o-q (1) y-o-y (2)
46 Wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 0.2 –0.6 –1.5 –1.8
H Transportation and storage 1000 –0.4 1.8 1.6 1.7
J Information and communication 1000 0.9 0.5 –0.1 1.1
L Real estate activities 1000 0.2 –0.2 –0.4 –0.9
M+N Business support activities 1000 0.1 0.0 0.3 1.5
M Professional, scientific and technical activities 579 –0.3 –0.1 0.4 1.1
N Administrative and support service activities 421 0.6 0.1 0.2 2.2
  • (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 December 2014, the turnover of information and communication sector rose again (+0.9%, after +0.5% in November). It improved sharply in telecommunications (+2.9%) and more moderately in motion picture, video and television programme production (+0.6%). On the contrary, it diminished in publishing activities (–0.6%), programming and broadcasting activities (–0.6%) and in information service activities (–0.6%). It remained stable in computer programming, consultancy and related activities.

The turnover of information and communication levelled off over the last quarter of 2014 (–0.1%) but improved over the year (+1.1%).

Near stability in business support activities

The turnover of business support activities remained almost steady in December (+0.1%) after a stability in November.

The turnover improved in administrative and support service activities (+0.6%): it rose in employment activities (+1.7%), in office administrative, office support and other business support activities (+0.4%) and in rental and leasing activities (+0.4%).

On the contrary, the turnover in business support activities declined slightly in professional, scientific and technical activities (–0.3%): it diminished in architectural and engineering activities (–2.4%) and in legal and accounting activities (–0.7%) while it increased in activities of head offices (+0.6%).

The turnover of business support activities went up over the last quarter of 2014 (+0.3%) and more significantly over the year (+1.5%).

Revisions

The change in November was revised by +0.4 point in transportation and storage. Initially calculated at +1.4%, it was revised at +1.8%. That same month, the change was revised by –0.3 point in real estate activities and by +0.1 point in information and communication and in business support 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
Change in %
Nace Classification Weight Dec. 2014 Dec./Nov. Nov./Oct. q-o-q (1)
46 Wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 108.7 0.2 –0.6 –1.5
461 Wholesale on a fee or contract basis 152 118.6 1.1 0.0 –0.4
462 Wholesale of agricultural raw materials and live animals 54 111.6 1.0 –3.2 –4.9
463 Wholesale of food, beverages and tobacco 170 111.9 1.0 –0.6 –0.3
464 Wholesale of household goods 207 107.6 0.5 0.1 0.4
465 Wholesale of information and communication equipment 61 102.1 1.3 2.8 –1.2
466 Wholesale of other machinery, equipment and supplies 125 110.7 –0.5 –0.9 –0.8
467 Other specialised wholesale 197 99.3 –2.0 –2.0 –4.8
469 Non specialised wholesale trade 34 110.4 0.7 –0.4 –1.9
H Transportation and storage 1000 109.1 –0.4 1.8 1.6
49 Land transport and transport via pipelines 407 109.6 0.8 0.4 0.7
50 Water transport 73 117.6 –1.3 1.7 4.0
51 Air transport 91 105.1 –5.7 19.5 3.1
52 Warehousing and support activities for transportation 360 108.9 –0.9 –0.2 1.9
53 Postal and courier activities 69 103.0 3.8 0.5 1.3
J Information and communication 1000 103.6 0.9 0.5 –0.1
58 Publishing activities 158 102.9 –0.6 –0.2 –0.9
59 Motion picture, video and television programme production… 76 104.7 0.6 0.2 1.5
60 Programming and broadcasting activities 61 106.9 –0.6 0.9 1.8
61 Telecommunications 396 95.1 2.9 1.2 –0.4
62 Computer programming, consultancy and related activities 251 115.6 0.0 0.0 0.8
63 Information service activities 58 107.1 –0.6 –0.4 –3.3
L Real estate activities 1000 102.0 0.2 –0.2 –0.4
681 Buying and selling of own real estate 96 81.2 –2.0 0.6 2.4
682 Renting and operating of own or leased real estate 691 104.7 0.0 –0.3 –0.8
683 Real estate activities on a fee or contract basis 213 102.5 1.3 0.0 0.2
M+N Business support activities 1000 112.2 0.1 0.0 0.3
M Professional, scientific and technical activities 579 111.9 –0.3 –0.1 0.4
69 Legal and accounting activities 90 107.0 –0.7 0.5 –0.5
70 Activities of head offices… 219 120.1 0.6 0.4 0.8
71 Architectural and engineering activities… 151 107.8 –2.4 –0.1 –0.2
72 Scientific research and development 26 105.9 1.8 –0.7 0.5
73 Advertising and market research 68 102.2 0.4 –2.6 1.2
74 Other professional, scientific and technical activities 19 114.2 0.3 –0.1 1.2
75 Veterinary activities 6 118.3 2.0 –0.2 1.0
N Administrative and support service activities 421 112.6 0.6 0.1 0.2
77 Rental and leasing activities 98 111.7 0.4 1.3 0.4
78 Employment activities 80 110.3 1.7 –1.4 0.4
79 Travel agency, tour operator… 42 105.2 0.3 –0.1 –2.0
80 Security and investigation activities 21 115.5 1.8 –1.0 –1.1
81 Services to buildings and landscape activities 50 111.9 –0.3 0.6 1.3
82 Office administrative, office support and other business support activities 131 116.8 0.4 0.2 0.4
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months / previous three months.
  • Source: INSEE