In April 2015, the turnover improved in information and communication and in business support activities but declined in transportationTurnover in the wholesale trade and business services - April 2015

In April 2015, the turnover improved in information and communication (+1.4%) and in business support activities (+0.5%). On the contrary, it diminished in transportation and storage (–0.7%). It remained virtually stable in real estate activities (+0.1%) and 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 April 2015, the turnover improved in information and communication (+1.4%) and in business support activities (+0.5%). On the contrary, it diminished in transportation and storage (–0.7%). It remained virtually stable in real estate activities (+0.1%) and 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 April, the turnover of the wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles remained steady, after an increase in March (+0.5%). It went down in other specialised wholesale (–0.8%), in the wholesale of agricultural raw materials and live animals (–1.5%) and of information and communication equipment (–0.8%). Conversely, it increased in the wholesale on a fee or contract basis (+0.6%), in the wholesale of food, beverages and tobacco (+0.6%) and of other machinery, equipment and supplies (+0.6%).

The turnover of the wholesale trade improved over the last three months (+0.5%) but declined over the year (–1.4%).

Decrease in transportation and storage

In April, the turnover of transportation and storage declined (–0.7%) after two months of increase. It went down in land transport and transport via pipelines (–1.0%), in warehousing and support activities for transportation (–0.9%) and in postal and courier activities (–2.5%). Conversely, it improved in air transport (+1.7%) and in water transport (+0.7%).

The turnover of transportation and storage held steady over the last three months and improved over the year (+0.9%).

Virtual stability in real estate activities

The turnover of real estate activities remained almost steady in April (+0.1%) after two months of increase. It increased over the last three months (+2.3%) and over the year (+1.7%).

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 April/March March/Feb. q-o-q (1) y-o-y (2)
46 Wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 0.0 0.5 0.5 –1.4
H Transportation and storage 1000 –0.7 0.9 0.0 0.9
J Information and communication 1000 1.4 0.1 0.7 2.2
L Real estate activities 1000 0.1 1.9 2.3 1.7
M+N Business support activities 1000 0.5 0.8 0.6 1.7
M Professional, scientific and technical activities 579 0.9 1.2 0.9 1.8
N Administrative and support service activities 421 0.0 0.4 0.2 1.5
  • (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 April, the turnover of the information and communication sector improved (+1.4%) after an almost stability in March (+0.1%). It rebounded sharply in telecommunications (+3.3%) and more moderately in computer programming, consultancy and related activities (+1.0%). It also increased in motion picture, video and television programme production (+0.8%). On the contrary, it declined again in programming and broadcasting activities (–1.3%, after –0.6%). It shrunk in information service activities(–0.6%) and, very slightly, in publishing activities (–0.2%).

The turnover of information and communication increased over the three months (+0.7%) as well as over the year (+2.2%).

Third consecutive monthly increase in business support activities

The turnover of business support activities improved again in April (+0.5%, after +0.8% in March and +0.4% in February).

The turnover went up in professional, scientific and technical activities (+0.9%), thanks to a sharp increase in activities of head offices (+4.4%), while the turnover declined markedly in legal and accounting activities (–2.8%) and in advertising and market research (–2.1%). The turnover in administrative and support service activities remained steady: the increase in office administrative, office support and other business support activities (+0.6%) offset the decline in services to buildings and landscape activities (–0.7%) and in travel agency, tour operator (–0.5%).

The turnover of business support activities improved over the last three months (+0.6%) and over the year (+1.7%).

Revisions

The change in March 2015 was revised by +0.2 points in information and communication and by –0.2 points in real estate activities. That same month, the change was revised by +0.1 point in the wholesale trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles and by –0.1 point in business support activities. It remained unchanged in transportation and storage.

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 April 2015 April/March March/Feb. q-o-q (1)
46 Wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 109.3 0.0 0.5 0.5
461 Wholesale on a fee or contract basis 152 117.5 0.6 0.0 0.5
462 Wholesale of agricultural raw materials and live animals 54 121.0 –1.5 1.7 6.0
463 Wholesale of food, beverages and tobacco 170 112.5 0.6 0.7 0.6
464 Wholesale of household goods 207 107.1 –0.2 –0.5 0.3
465 Wholesale of information and communication equipment 61 98.7 –0.8 0.3 –3.3
466 Wholesale of other machinery, equipment and supplies 125 112.4 0.6 0.9 0.6
467 Other specialised wholesale 197 100.3 –0.8 1.3 –0.1
469 Non specialised wholesale trade 34 111.5 0.3 0.4 1.2
H Transportation and storage 1000 108.5 –0.7 0.9 0.0
49 Land transport and transport via pipelines 407 108.9 –1.0 1.4 0.6
50 Water transport 73 118.0 0.7 –1.2 –1.5
51 Air transport 91 109.9 1.7 1.0 0.9
52 Warehousing and support activities for transportation 360 108.4 –0.9 1.1 –0.2
53 Postal and courier activities 69 95.7 –2.5 –0.5 –2.8
J Information and communication 1000 105.5 1.4 0.1 0.7
58 Publishing activities 158 105.0 –0.2 1.5 0.9
59 Motion picture, video and television programme production… 76 106.0 0.8 1.3 –0.5
60 Programming and broadcasting activities 61 102.4 –1.3 –0.6 –3.3
61 Telecommunications 396 97.1 3.3 –0.2 1.2
62 Computer programming, consultancy and related activities 251 119.1 1.0 –0.8 1.3
63 Information service activities 58 108.3 –0.6 1.3 1.1
L Real estate activities 1000 105.1 0.1 1.9 2.3
681 Buying and selling of own real estate 96 84.2 –1.7 1.5 1.6
682 Renting and operating of own or leased real estate 691 108.3 –0.2 2.1 2.7
683 Real estate activities on a fee or contract basis 213 104.3 1.6 1.3 1.1
M+N Business support activities 1000 113.1 0.5 0.8 0.6
M Professional, scientific and technical activities 579 113.5 0.9 1.2 0.9
69 Legal and accounting activities 90 108.3 –2.8 4.3 1.8
70 Activities of head offices… 219 123.4 4.4 0.1 1.0
71 Architectural and engineering activities… 151 108.5 –0.7 0.3 0.0
72 Scientific research and development 26 104.9 –1.2 2.7 1.1
73 Advertising and market research 68 102.5 –2.1 2.5 0.9
74 Other professional, scientific and technical activities 19 114.6 –0.3 1.0 2.3
75 Veterinary activities 6 117.5 0.1 0.3 0.4
N Administrative and support service activities 421 112.4 0.0 0.4 0.2
77 Rental and leasing activities 98 111.4 0.0 –0.2 0.1
78 Employment activities 80 110.0 –0.1 0.8 1.0
79 Travel agency, tour operator… 42 103.7 –0.5 –1.1 –0.3
80 Security and investigation activities 21 115.5 –0.9 2.0 1.7
81 Services to buildings and landscape activities 50 111.4 –0.7 1.0 –0.1
82 Office administrative, office support and other business support activities 131 117.4 0.6 0.5 –0.2
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months / previous three months.
  • Source: INSEE