In August 2015, the turnover dropped in the wholesale trade and went on increasing in Information and communicationTurnover in the wholesale trade and business services - August 2015

In August 2015, the turnover fell sharply in the wholesale trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles (–1.5%). Conversely, it increased in information and communication (+0,5%) and in transportation and storage (+0.3%). It was virtually stable in business support activities (–0.1%) and it decreased slightly in real estate activities (–0.2%).

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 August 2015, the turnover fell sharply in the wholesale trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles (–1.5%). Conversely, it increased in information and communication (+0,5%) and in transportation and storage (+0.3%). It was virtually stable in business support activities (–0.1%) and it decreased slightly in real estate activities (–0.2%).

Graph1_anglais – Wholesale trade and business services

  • Source: INSEE

Sharp decline in the wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles

In August, the turnover of the wholesale trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles declined strongly (–1.5%) after an increase in July (+0.9%). The decline was particularly sharp in wholesale of household goods (–2.7%), in the wholesale of information and communication equipment (–5,1%) and in the wholesale on a fee or contract basis (–2,3%). Conversely it increased in the wholesale of other machinery, equipment and supplies (+1.0%).

The turnover of the wholesale trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles went up over the last three months (+0.6%) as over the year (+0.4%).

Slight increase in transportation and storage

In August, the turnover of transportation and storage improved slightly (+0.3%) after a virtual stability in July (+0.1%). It bounced back in postal and courier activities (+2.5 % after –2.4%). It increased slightly in warehousing and support activities for transportation (+0.4%) and in air transport (+0.2%). It was almost unchanged in land transport and transport via pipelines (–0.1 %) and in water transport (–0.1 %).

The turnover of transportation and storage increased over the last three months (+0.5%) and over the year (+1.4%).

Slight decline in real estate activities

In August the turnover of real estate activities declined again albeit at a lower pace than in the previous month (–0.2% after –0.5% in July). It went down over the last three months (–0.8%). However, it improved over the year (+1.6%).

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 Aug./July July/ June q-o-q (1) y-o-y (2)
46 Wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 –1.5 0.9 0.6 0.4
H Transportation and storage 1000 0.3 0.1 0.5 1.4
J Information and communication 1000 0.5 0.8 1.4 3.3
L Real estate activities 1000 –0.2 –0.5 –0.8 1.6
M+N Business support activities 1000 –0.1 0.8 0.9 2.3
M Professional, scientific and technical activities 579 –0.5 0.7 1.0 3.4
N Administrative and support service activities 421 0.6 0.9 0.6 0.8
  • (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

Information and communication was up for the third month in a row

The turnover of information and communication rose once again in August (+0.5%, after +0.8% in July and +0.7% in June). It improved notably in telecommunications (+1.0%) and in publishing activities (+1.1%). On the contrary, it diminished in information service activities (–0.8%) and in programming and broadcasting activities (–0.5%).

The turnover of information and communication increased over the last three months (+1,4%) and over the year (+3.3%).

Near stability in business support activities

In August the turnover of business support activities was virtually stable (–0.1%) after six consecutive months of increase (+0.5% on average per month since February). It declined in professional, scientific and technical activities (–0.5%): in particular, it fell in activities of head offices (–0.9%), in advertising and market research (–1.6%) and in scientific research and development (–2.4%). In contrast, the turnover continued to increase in administrative and support service activities (+0.6%), mostly in employment activities (+2.4%) and in office administrative, office support and other business support activities (+1.3%). However the turnover fell back sharply in services to buildings and landscape activities (–2,9% after +2,0%).

The turnover in business support activities improved over the last three months (+0.9%) and over the year (+2.3%).

Revisions

The change in July has been revised by +0.4 points in information and communication and by +0.2 points in transportation and storage. That same month, the change has been revised by +0.1 points in business support activities and by –0.1 points 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 Aug. 2015 Aug./July July/ June q-o-q (1)
46 Wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 109.8 –1.5 0.9 0.6
461 Wholesale on a fee or contract basis 152 116.4 –2.3 1.0 0.6
462 Wholesale of agricultural raw materials and live animals 54 123.7 –1.4 5.6 1.8
463 Wholesale of food, beverages and tobacco 170 113.9 –0.6 0.9 1.5
464 Wholesale of household goods 207 106.9 –2.7 1.2 0.3
465 Wholesale of information and communication equipment 61 100.8 –5.1 4.2 0.9
466 Wholesale of other machinery, equipment and supplies 125 115.0 1.0 0.6 1.2
467 Other specialised wholesale 197 98.9 –0.9 –1.8 –1.0
469 Non specialised wholesale trade 34 115.4 –0.4 0.6 2.8
H Transportation and storage 1000 109.3 0.3 0.1 0.5
49 Land transport and transport via pipelines 407 109.2 –0.1 –0.2 0.5
50 Water transport 73 117.6 –0.1 –3.9 –0.6
51 Air transport 91 108.0 0.2 1.6 –1.4
52 Warehousing and support activities for transportation 360 109.8 0.4 1.6 0.5
53 Postal and courier activities 69 100.9 2.5 –2.4 4.3
J Information and communication 1000 107.0 0.5 0.8 1.4
58 Publishing activities 158 107.9 1.1 1.7 0.6
59 Motion picture, video and television programme production… 76 107.5 0.4 2.5 1.5
60 Programming and broadcasting activities 61 107.3 –0.5 2.1 4.1
61 Telecommunications 396 97.9 1.0 0.5 1.8
62 Computer programming, consultancy and related activities 251 119.4 0.1 0.2 0.7
63 Information service activities 58 112.2 –0.8 0.7 1.8
L Real estate activities 1000 103.9 –0.2 –0.5 –0.8
681 Buying and selling of own real estate 96 82.3 4.2 –5.2 –2.1
682 Renting and operating of own or leased real estate 691 107.4 –0.3 –0.2 –0.8
683 Real estate activities on a fee or contract basis 213 102.2 –1.4 –0.1 –0.4
M+N Business support activities 1000 114.2 –0.1 0.8 0.9
M Professional, scientific and technical activities 579 114.7 –0.5 0.7 1.0
69 Legal and accounting activities 90 109.2 0.8 –0.5 –0.4
70 Activities of head offices… 219 121.3 –0.9 1.3 0.4
71 Architectural and engineering activities… 151 115.7 –0.1 1.6 3.4
72 Scientific research and development 26 104.4 –2.4 0.3 0.0
73 Advertising and market research 68 101.2 –1.6 –1.6 0.1
74 Other professional, scientific and technical activities 19 117.7 0.9 0.6 1.4
75 Veterinary activities 6 116.2 –1.7 –0.6 0.2
N Administrative and support service activities 421 113.6 0.6 0.9 0.6
77 Rental and leasing activities 98 111.1 0.0 –0.7 0.0
78 Employment activities 80 115.3 2.4 1.6 2.4
79 Travel agency, tour operator… 42 105.8 0.7 1.5 0.7
80 Security and investigation activities 21 114.6 –0.9 –0.8 0.3
81 Services to buildings and landscape activities 50 110.1 –2.9 2.0 0.6
82 Office administrative, office support and other business support activities 131 118.2 1.3 1.2 0.2
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months / previous three months.
  • Source: INSEE