In February 2015, the turnover increased in business support activities but decreased in information and communicationTurnover in the wholesale trade and business services - February 2015

In February 2015, the turnover bounced back in business support activities (+0.3% after –0.8% in January). Conversely, it contracted in information and communication (–0.5% after +0.5%). It increased in real estate activities (+0.5%) and more slightly in transportation and storage (+0.2%). It remained stable in the wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles.

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 February 2015, the turnover bounced back in business support activities (+0.3% after –0.8% in January). Conversely, it contracted in information and communication (–0.5% after +0.5%). It increased in real estate activities (+0.5%) and more slightly in transportation and storage (+0.2%). It remained stable in the wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles.

Graph1_anglais – Wholesale trade and business services

  • Source : INSEE

Stability in the wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles

In February, the turnover of the wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles was stable, as in January. It decreased in other specialised wholesale (–1.4%), in the wholesale of information and communication equipment (–4.1%) and of other machinery, equipment and supplies (–0.4%). On the contrary, it rose in the wholesale on a fee or contract basis (+1.7%), in the wholesale of household goods (+1.1%) and in non specialised wholesale trade (+1.0%).

The turnover of the wholesale trade declined over the last three months (–0.7%) and more markedly over the year (–2.1%).

Slight increase in transportation and storage

In February, the turnover of transportation and storage rose slightly (+0.2%) after a two-month-in-a-row decrease. It went up in land transport and transport via pipelines (+1.0%), in air transport (+1.7%). Conversely, it fell in water transport (–1.9%) and more moderately in warehousing and support activities for transportation (–0.4%) and in postal and courier activities (–0.5%).

The turnover of transportation and storage improved slightly over the last three months (+0.2%) and more substantially over the year (+0.6%).

Increase in real estate activities

The turnover of real estate activities rebounded in February (+0.5%) after a slight drop in January (–0.3%). It was almost steady over the last three months (+0.1%) but diminished 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 Feb./ Jan. Jan./ Dec. q-o-q (1) y-o-y (2)
46 Wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 0.0 0.0 –0.7 –2.1
H Transportation and storage 1000 0.2 –0.8 0.2 0.6
J Information and communication 1000 –0.5 0.5 1.1 1.0
L Real estate activities 1000 0.5 –0.3 0.1 –0.9
M+N Business support activities 1000 0.3 –0.8 –0.5 0.7
M Professional, scientific and technical activities 579 0.5 –1.0 –1.1 0.3
N Administrative and support service activities 421 0.1 –0.5 0.2 1.2
  • (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

Decrease in information and communication

In February, the turnover of the information and communication sector shrank (–0.5%) after three months of growth. It went down in publishing activities (–1.7%), in motion picture, video and television programme production (–3.0%) and in programming and broadcasting activities (–3.0%). On the contrary, it rose in telecommunications (+0.6%) and in information service activities (+0.5%). It remained almost stable in computer programming, consultancy and related activities (–0.1%).

The turnover of information and communication increased over the last three months (+1.1%) as well as over the year (+1.0%).

Slight increase in business support activities

The turnover of business support activities recovered slightly in February (+0.3%) after a drop in January (–0.8%).

The turnover bounced back in professional, scientific and technical activities (+0.5%, after –1.0%), especially in architectural and engineering activities (+1.5%). The turnover in administrative and support service activities was virtually stable (+0.1%) : it went up in employment activities (+1.7%) and in rental and leasing activities (+0.9%), while it dipped in office administrative, office support and other business support activities (–1.6%).

The turnover of business support activities decreased slightly over the last three months (–0.5%) but increased over the year (+0.7%).

Revisions

The change in January was revised by +0.5 point in real estate activities. Initially calculated at –0.8%, it was revised at –0.3%.

That same month, the change was revised by +0.2 point in the wholesale trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles, by –0.2 point in transportation and storage and by –0.1 point in information and communication. It remained unchanged 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
Change in %
Nace Classification Weight Feb. 2015 Feb./ Jan. Jan./Dec. q-o-q (1)
46 Wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 108.7 0.0 0.0 –0.7
461 Wholesale on a fee or contract basis 152 116.7 1.7 –2.7 –1.0
462 Wholesale of agricultural raw materials and live animals 54 118.3 0.1 4.6 1.8
463 Wholesale of food, beverages and tobacco 170 110.7 –0.1 –0.7 –0.4
464 Wholesale of household goods 207 107.9 1.1 –0.9 0.5
465 Wholesale of information and communication equipment 61 101.4 –4.1 3.6 2.7
466 Wholesale of other machinery, equipment and supplies 125 110.2 –0.4 0.0 –1.3
467 Other specialised wholesale 197 99.8 –1.4 1.9 –3.6
469 Non specialised wholesale trade 34 110.4 1.0 –0.7 –0.2
H Transportation and storage 1000 108.2 0.2 –0.8 0.2
49 Land transport and transport via pipelines 407 108.1 1.0 –2.0 –0.6
50 Water transport 73 118.7 –1.9 2.2 1.1
51 Air transport 91 106.3 1.7 –0.2 8.9
52 Warehousing and support activities for transportation 360 108.4 –0.4 0.3 –1.2
53 Postal and courier activities 69 99.4 –0.5 –3.1 1.7
J Information and communication 1000 103.8 –0.5 0.5 1.1
58 Publishing activities 158 103.0 –1.7 2.1 0.1
59 Motion picture, video and television programme production… 76 103.7 –3.0 1.8 0.8
60 Programming and broadcasting activities 61 104.9 –3.0 1.4 –0.5
61 Telecommunications 396 93.9 0.6 –1.9 1.7
62 Computer programming, consultancy and related activities 251 118.8 –0.1 2.2 1.9
63 Information service activities 58 107.4 0.5 0.0 –1.4
L Real estate activities 1000 102.1 0.5 –0.3 0.1
681 Buying and selling of own real estate 96 81.3 –1.1 1.5 1.5
682 Renting and operating of own or leased real estate 691 105.4 0.9 –0.3 0.0
683 Real estate activities on a fee or contract basis 213 100.7 –0.3 –1.0 –0.2
M+N Business support activities 1000 111.4 0.3 –0.8 –0.5
M Professional, scientific and technical activities 579 111.0 0.5 –1.0 –1.1
69 Legal and accounting activities 90 105.8 0.1 –0.8 –0.9
70 Activities of head offices… 219 117.8 –0.3 –0.9 –0.7
71 Architectural and engineering activities… 151 109.0 1.5 –0.5 –1.9
72 Scientific research and development 26 104.5 1.6 –2.3 –0.5
73 Advertising and market research 68 101.7 –0.2 –0.3 –0.9
74 Other professional, scientific and technical activities 19 113.4 5.1 –5.3 –1.5
75 Veterinary activities 6 117.1 0.1 –1.3 1.1
N Administrative and support service activities 421 111.9 0.1 –0.5 0.2
77 Rental and leasing activities 98 111.7 0.9 –0.8 0.5
78 Employment activities 80 108.9 1.7 –2.7 –0.7
79 Travel agency, tour operator… 42 105.2 0.6 –0.5 –0.6
80 Security and investigation activities 21 113.6 1.5 –2.5 –1.0
81 Services to buildings and landscape activities 50 111.0 –0.3 –0.1 –0.4
82 Office administrative, office support and other business support activities 131 116.3 –1.6 1.1 1.2
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months / previous three months.
  • Source: INSEE