In January 2015, the turnover decreased in business support activities and in the wholesale tradeTurnover in the wholesale trade and business services - January 2015

In January 2015, the turnover decreased in business support activities (–0.8%), and more slightly in the wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles (–0.2%). It also diminished in transportation and storage (–0.6%) and in real estate activities (–0.8%). Conversely, it rose again in information and communication (+0.6%).

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 January 2015, the turnover decreased in business support activities (–0.8%), and more slightly in the wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles (–0.2%). It also diminished in transportation and storage (–0.6%) and in real estate activities (–0.8%). Conversely, it rose again in information and communication (+0.6%).

Graph1_anglais – Wholesale trade and business services

  • Source: INSEE

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

In January, the turnover of the wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles dropped slightly (–0.2%) after a slight increase in December (+0.2%). It decreased in the wholesale on a fee or contract basis (–2.6%) and in the wholesales of household goods (–0.8%) and of food, beverages and tobacco (–0.8%). On the contrary, it rose in other specialised wholesale (+1.6%), in the wholesale of agricultural raw materials and live animals (+4.5%) and of information and communication equipment (+1.9%).

The turnover of the wholesale trade declined over the last three months (–1.4%) and over the year (–2.0%).

Further decrease in transportation and storage

In January, the turnover of transportation and storage declined again (–0.6% after –0.5% in December). It decreased in land transport and transport via pipelines (–1.6%), in air transport (–0.4%) and in postal and courier activities (–2.8%). Conversely, it went up in water transport (+2.5%). It was virtually stable in warehousing and support activities for transportation (+0.1%).

The turnover of transportation and storage improved over the last three months (+1.5%) as well as over the year (+1.7%).

Decrease in real estate activities

The turnover of real estate activities went down in January (–0.8%) after a slight increase in December (+0.2%). It declined over the last three months of 2014 (–0.4%) and more sharply over the year (–1.3%).

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 Jan./ Dec. Dec./Nov. q-o-q (1) y-o-y (2)
46 Wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 –0.2 0.2 –1.4 –2.0
H Transportation and storage 1000 –0.6 –0.5 1.5 1.7
J Information and communication 1000 0.6 1.0 0.7 0.9
L Real estate activities 1000 –0.8 0.2 –0.4 –1.3
M+N Business support activities 1000 –0.8 –0.1 –0.3 1.0
M Professional, scientific and technical activities 579 –1.0 –0.5 –0.6 0.5
N Administrative and support service activities 421 –0.6 0.5 0.0 1.6
  • (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

Further increase in information and communication

In January, the turnover of the information and communication sector rose for the third month in a row (+0.6% after +1.0% in December and +0.4% in November). It improved sharply in computer programming, consultancy and related activities (+2.8%) and more moderately in publishing activities (+1.6%), in motion picture, video and television programme production (+1.1%) and in programming and broadcasting activities (+1.4%). On the contrary, it diminished in telecommunications (–1.7%). It remained stable in information service activities.

The turnover of information and communication increased over the last three months (+0.7%) and over the year (+0.9%).

Decrease in business support activities

The turnover of business support activities fell in January (–0.8%) after a near stability in December (–0.1%).

The turnover went down in professional, scientific and technical activities (–1.0%), especially in activities of head offices (–1.0%), in architectural and engineering activities (–0.9%) and in legal and accounting activities (–0.9%).

The turnover also declined in administrative and support service activities (–0.6%). It decreased strongly in employment activities (-2.7%) and in rental and leasing activities (–1.0%), while it improved in office administrative, office support and other business support activities (+1.2%).

The turnover of business support activities decreased slightly over the last three months (–0.3%) but increased over the year (+1.0%).

Revisions

The change in December was revised by –0.2 point in business support activities. Initially calculated at +0.1%, it was revised at –0.1%.

That same month, the change was revised by –0.1 point in transportation and storage and by +0.1 point in information and communication. It remained unchanged in the wholesale trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles and in real estate 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
Change in %
Nace Classification Weight Jan. 2015 Jan./Dec. Dec./Nov. q-o-q (1)
46 Wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 108.5 –0.2 0.2 –1.4
461 Wholesale on a fee or contract basis 152 114.5 –2.6 0.8 –1.2
462 Wholesale of agricultural raw materials and live animals 54 117.6 4.5 1.0 –1.5
463 Wholesale of food, beverages and tobacco 170 110.8 –0.8 0.9 –0.7
464 Wholesale of household goods 207 106.8 –0.8 0.5 0.1
465 Wholesale of information and communication equipment 61 105.0 1.9 1.6 2.1
466 Wholesale of other machinery, equipment and supplies 125 110.3 –0.5 –0.5 –1.7
467 Other specialised wholesale 197 101.2 1.6 –1.8 –4.4
469 Non specialised wholesale trade 34 108.9 –1.0 0.6 –2.0
H Transportation and storage 1000 108.3 –0.6 –0.5 1.5
49 Land transport and transport via pipelines 407 107.6 –1.6 0.7 0.0
50 Water transport 73 121.7 2.5 –1.0 4.7
51 Air transport 91 104.3 –0.4 –6.1 11.6
52 Warehousing and support activities for transportation 360 108.8 0.1 –1.1 0.2
53 Postal and courier activities 69 100.2 –2.8 3.7 2.2
J Information and communication 1000 104.4 0.6 1.0 0.7
58 Publishing activities 158 104.5 1.6 –0.6 –0.7
59 Motion picture, video and television programme production… 76 106.2 1.1 0.6 0.9
60 Programming and broadcasting activities 61 108.5 1.4 –0.5 2.1
61 Telecommunications 396 93.3 –1.7 2.8 0.7
62 Computer programming, consultancy and related activities 251 119.7 2.8 0.5 1.8
63 Information service activities 58 106.9 0.0 –0.6 –2.2
L Real estate activities 1000 101.1 –0.8 0.2 –0.4
681 Buying and selling of own real estate 96 82.3 1.6 –2.0 2.3
682 Renting and operating of own or leased real estate 691 103.6 –1.0 0.2 –0.9
683 Real estate activities on a fee or contract basis 213 101.2 –1.1 1.0 0.1
M+N Business support activities 1000 111.1 –0.8 –0.1 –0.3
M Professional, scientific and technical activities 579 110.5 –1.0 –0.5 –0.6
69 Legal and accounting activities 90 105.8 –0.9 –0.9 –0.8
70 Activities of head offices… 219 118.5 –1.0 0.2 0.5
71 Architectural and engineering activities… 151 106.8 –0.9 –2.3 –1.8
72 Scientific research and development 26 103.1 –2.2 1.7 –1.6
73 Advertising and market research 68 102.1 –0.3 0.5 –0.9
74 Other professional, scientific and technical activities 19 108.9 –4.1 0.2 –1.5
75 Veterinary activities 6 117.2 –0.8 1.9 0.8
N Administrative and support service activities 421 111.8 –0.6 0.5 0.0
77 Rental and leasing activities 98 110.2 –1.0 –0.3 0.5
78 Employment activities 80 106.8 –2.7 1.5 –1.2
79 Travel agency, tour operator… 42 104.1 –1.0 0.4 –1.8
80 Security and investigation activities 21 111.9 –2.6 1.6 –2.4
81 Services to buildings and landscape activities 50 111.5 –0.1 –0.3 0.5
82 Office administrative, office support and other business support activities 131 118.7 1.2 0.7 1.1
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months / previous three months.INSEE
  • Source: INSEE