In July 2015, the turnover improved in the wholesale trade and in business support activitiesTurnover in the wholesale trade and business services - July 2015

In July 2015, the turnover increased significantly in the wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+1.0%). It improved also, albeit to a lesser extent, in business support activities (+0.7%) and in information and communication (+0.4%). Conversely, it decreased in real estate activities (–0.4%). It was virtually stable in transportation and storage (–0.1%).

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 July 2015, the turnover increased significantly in the wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+1.0%). It improved also, albeit to a lesser extent, in business support activities (+0.7%) and in information and communication (+0.4%). Conversely, it decreased in real estate activities (–0.4%). It was virtually stable in transportation and storage (–0.1%).

Graph1_anglais – Wholesale trade and business services

  • Source: INSEE

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

In July, the turnover of the wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles increased again (+1.0%), so more pronounced than in June (+0.3%). It went up in particular in the wholesale of agricultural raw materials and live animals (+6.3%) and in the wholesale of information and communication equipment (+4.5%). It increased more moderately in the wholesale of household goods (+1.2%), of food, beverages and tobacco (+1.0%) and in the wholesale on a fee or contract basis (+1.0%). On the contrary, the turnover fell back in other specialised wholesale (–1.7%).

The turnover of the wholesale trade improved over the last three months (+1.2%) as well as over the year (+1.0%).

Virtual stability in transportation and storage

In July, the turnover of transportation and storage was almost steady (–0.1%) after two months of increase. It went up in warehousing and support activities for transportation (+1.0%) and in air transports (+1.8%). Conversely, it decreased substantially in water transport (–3.6%) and in postal and courier activities (–3.8%). It declined slightly in land transport and transport via pipelines (–0.3%).

The turnover of transportation and storage increased slightly over the last three months (+0.2%) and more sharply over the year (+1.8%).

New decrease in real estate activities

In July, the turnover of real estate activities decreased again (–0.4% after –0.8% in June). It rose over the last three months (+0.7%) and over the year (+2.3%).

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 July/ June June/May q-o-q (1) y-o-y (2)
46 Wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 1.0 0.3 1.2 1.0
H Transportation and storage 1000 –0.1 0.6 0.2 1.8
J Information and communication 1000 0.4 0.5 0.6 2.0
L Real estate activities 1000 –0.4 –0.8 0.7 2.3
M+N Business support activities 1000 0.7 0.1 0.9 2.6
M Professional, scientific and technical activities 579 0.5 0.3 1.4 3.5
N Administrative and support service activities 421 1.1 –0.1 0.2 1.3
  • (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 July, the turnover of information and communication rose again (+0.4% after +0.5% in June). It increased significantly in motion picture, video and television programme production (+2.6%), in publishing activities (+1.2%), in programming and broadcasting activities (+1.7%) and in information service activities (+1.0%). It improved slightly in computer programming, consultancy and related activities (+0.2%). On the contrary, it diminished in telecommunications (–0.6%).

The turnover of information and communication increased over the last three months (+0.6%) and over the year (+2.0%).

Increase in business support activities

In July, the turnover of business support activities increased again (+0.7% after +0.1% in June).

The turnover recovered in administrative and support service activities (+1.1% after –0.1%), particularly in office administrative, office support and other business support activities (+1.2%), in employment activities (+1.7%) and in travel agency, tour operator (+3.1%). The turnover also improved in professional, scientific and technical activities (+0.5%): this rise concerned mainly activities of head offices (+0.9%) and architectural and engineering activities (+1.2%); on the contrary, the turnover declined in scientific research and development (–1.9%) and in advertising and market research (–0.7%).

The turnover of business support activities improved over the last three months (+0.9%) and over the year (+2.6%).

Revisions

The variation in June 2015 was revised by +0.3 points in transportation and storage and by –0.3% in real estate activities. That same month the variation was revised by –0.1 points in the wholesale trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles and 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 July 2015 July/ June June/May q-o-q (1)
46 Wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 111.7 1.0 0.3 1.2
461 Wholesale on a fee or contract basis 152 119.8 1.0 1.0 1.1
462 Wholesale of agricultural raw materials and live animals 54 126.5 6.3 0.7 –0.2
463 Wholesale of food, beverages and tobacco 170 114.6 1.0 1.2 1.3
464 Wholesale of household goods 207 110.1 1.2 –0.2 1.3
465 Wholesale of information and communication equipment 61 106.6 4.5 –3.4 4.5
466 Wholesale of other machinery, equipment and supplies 125 113.5 0.5 0.1 1.0
467 Other specialised wholesale 197 100.1 –1.7 0.0 0.6
469 Non specialised wholesale trade 34 115.7 0.6 2.3 2.3
H Transportation and storage 1000 108.8 –0.1 0.6 0.2
49 Land transport and transport via pipelines 407 109.3 –0.3 1.3 0.0
50 Water transport 73 118.6 –3.6 –0.9 3.0
51 Air transport 91 108.0 1.8 –3.2 0.0
52 Warehousing and support activities for transportation 360 108.5 1.0 –0.3 –0.4
53 Postal and courier activities 69 98.3 –3.8 8.2 1.8
J Information and communication 1000 105.5 0.4 0.5 0.6
58 Publishing activities 158 105.8 1.2 –2.5 1.4
59 Motion picture, video and television programme production… 76 106.9 2.6 1.1 –0.2
60 Programming and broadcasting activities 61 107.2 1.7 3.2 1.8
61 Telecommunications 396 95.1 –0.6 1.5 0.0
62 Computer programming, consultancy and related activities 251 119.0 0.2 0.4 0.1
63 Information service activities 58 113.3 1.0 0.1 3.0
L Real estate activities 1000 104.3 –0.4 –0.8 0.7
681 Buying and selling of own real estate 96 79.7 –4.1 2.3 –3.1
682 Renting and operating of own or leased real estate 691 107.8 –0.2 –1.2 0.9
683 Real estate activities on a fee or contract basis 213 104.1 0.1 –0.5 1.5
M+N Business support activities 1000 114.1 0.7 0.1 0.9
M Professional, scientific and technical activities 579 115.0 0.5 0.3 1.4
69 Legal and accounting activities 90 108.9 –0.1 0.9 –0.1
70 Activities of head offices… 219 121.8 0.9 –0.8 1.3
71 Architectural and engineering activities… 151 114.8 1.2 0.6 3.1
72 Scientific research and development 26 106.3 –1.9 2.5 1.1
73 Advertising and market research 68 103.6 –0.7 2.2 0.4
74 Other professional, scientific and technical activities 19 116.8 0.6 0.6 1.3
75 Veterinary activities 6 119.0 –0.4 1.3 1.1
N Administrative and support service activities 421 113.0 1.1 –0.1 0.2
77 Rental and leasing activities 98 111.3 –0.6 0.5 0.0
78 Employment activities 80 112.1 1.7 0.0 1.0
79 Travel agency, tour operator… 42 107.5 3.1 –1.0 1.0
80 Security and investigation activities 21 115.6 –1.1 2.4 0.1
81 Services to buildings and landscape activities 50 113.9 2.3 1.8 0.0
82 Office administrative, office support and other business support activities 131 116.0 1.2 –1.4 –0.4
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months / previous three months.
  • Source: INSEE