In August 2014, the sales volume increased in the retail trade except for motor vehicles and motorcycles and in personal servicesSales volume in the retail trade and personal services - August 2014

In August 2014, the sales volume improved in accommodation and food service activities (+1.5 %), in retail trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles (+1.1 %), and in household services (+0.7 %). On the contrary, it declined slightly in trade and repair of motor vehicles and motocycles (–0.2 %).

Except for indices from Emagsa survey, every index in this issue is in volume (tax excluded) and 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 2014, the sales volume improved in accommodation and food service activities (+1.5 %), in retail trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles (+1.1 %), and in household services (+0.7 %). On the contrary, it declined slightly in trade and repair of motor vehicles and motocycles (–0.2 %).

Graph1_Anglais – Volume of sales in the retail trade and personal services

  • Source: INSEE

Rise in the retail trade except for motor vehicles and motorcycles

In August, the sales volume in retail trade except for motor vehicles and motorcycles bounced (+1.1%) after a fall in July (–0.5%). In September, the sales volume is expected to decrease by 0.7%. According to early estimates, it is likely to fall in September 2014 (-0,7%).

The sales volume went up in specialised stores (+1.6%) as well as in non specialised stores (+0.4%). This growth concerned all sectors of specialised stores and particularly the retail sale of other goods (clothings, pharmacy, etc.) (+1.7%) and of other household equipments (+1.8%).

The sales volume rose in the retail trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles over the last three months (q-o-q) (+1.0%) as year on year (+1.7%).

Tab1_anglais – Variation of sales volume in the retail trade and personal services

SA-WDA volume, Base year 2010
Variation of sales volume in the retail trade and personal services
Change in %
NACE Classification Weight Aug./ July July/ June q-o-q (1) y-o-y (2)
47 Retail trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 1.1 –0.5 1.0 1.7
471 Retail sale in non-specialized stores 369 0.4 –1.6 0.5 –1.3
472 to 477 Retail sale in specialized stores 573 1.6 0.1 1.2 3.4
478 and 479 Retail trade not in stores 58 0.2 0.2 2.4 2.9
45 Trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 –0.2 1.6 1.5 1.4
I Accommodation and food service activities 1000 1.5 –0.2 –0.2 –3.1
R+S Household services 1000 0.7 0.5 –1.2 –1.2
R Arts, entertainment and recreation 449 0.7 –0.5 –1.4 –1.9
S Other service activities 551 0.7 1.3 –1.1 –0.6
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months / previous three months.
  • (2) Year-on-year: last three months / same three months of the previous year.
  • The codes correspond to different levels of aggregation of the classification NAF rev.2
  • Source: INSEE

Tabprecoce_anglais – Variation of sales volume in the retail trade : early estimate*

SA-WDA volume, Base year 2010
Variation of sales volume in the retail trade : early estimate*
Change in %
Sept. 2014/ Aug. 2014 Sept. 2014/ Sept. 2013
47 Retail trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles –0.7 1.7
  • * Econometric estimate from a set of sources available within 30 days after the end of the reference month
  • Source: INSEE

Slight drop in trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles

In August, the sales volume in trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles declined slightly (–0.2%) after a two-month-in-a-row increase. It lowered in sale of motor vehicles (–0.3%) and in sale of motor vehicle parts and accessories (–0.4%).

The sales volume grew over the last three months (+1.5%) and year on year (+1.4%).

Tab2_anglais – Variation of sales volume in the retail trade and personal services

SA-WDA volume, Base year 2010
Variation of sales volume in the retail trade and personal services
Change in %
Nace Classification Weight Aug. 2014 Aug./ July July/ June q-o-q (1)
47 Retail trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 106.2 1.1 –0.5 1.0
471 Non-specialised stores 369 99.0 0.4 –1.6 0.5
472 à 477 Specialised stores 573 110.9 1.6 0.1 1.2
472 Retail sale of food, beverages and tobacco in specialised stores 49 102.9 1.4 –0.5 0.5
473 Retail sale of automotive fuel 78 97.2 1.1 –2.0 –0.2
474 Retail sale of information and communication equipment 28 149.7 1.2 4.5 1.8
475 Retail sale of other household equipment 112 102.7 1.8 0.9 1.2
476 Retail sale of cultural and recreation goods 48 102.7 1.6 0.1 –0.4
477 Retail sale of other goods in specialised stores 258 117.4 1.7 0.0 2.0
478 et 479 Retail trade not in stores 58 106.2 0.2 0.2 2.4
45 Wholesale and retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 97.0 –0.2 1.6 1.5
451 Sale of motor vehicles 671 96.1 –0.3 2.4 2.0
452 Maintenance and repair of motor vehicles 78 91.8 0.4 0.8 0.2
453 Sale of motor vehicle parts and accessories 227 102.3 –0.4 0.2 0.8
454 Sale, maintenance and repair of motorcycles and related parts and accessories 24 88.7 2.4 –2.4 –2.4
I Accommodation and food service activities 1000 94.0 1.5 –0.2 –0.2
55 Accommodation 255 96.1 1.2 0.0 0.7
56 Food and beverage service activities 745 93.2 1.6 –0.3 –0.5
561 Restaurants… 549 92.1 1.6 0.1 –0.7
562 Event catering… 116 102.9 2.1 –1.4 1.1
563 Beverage serving activities 80 87.3 0.9 –0.8 –1.6
R+S Household services 1000 97.3 0.7 0.5 –1.2
R Arts, entertainment and recreation 449 96.0 0.7 –0.5 –1.4
90 Creative, arts and entertainment activities 115 95.5 0.2 0.1 –1.3
91 Libraries, archives, museums… 11 109.4 –0.7 –0.4 1.6
92 Gambling and betting activities 119 102.8 –0.2 1.0 –1.5
93 Sports activities and amusement... 204 91.7 1.8 –1.8 –1.5
S Other service activities 551 98.3 0.7 1.3 –1.1
95 Repair of computers… 228 97.7 0.4 2.1 –3.0
96 Other personal service activities 323 98.7 0.9 0.7 0.4
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months / previous three months.
  • Source: Insee

Jump in accommodation and food service activities

The sales volume in accommodation and food service activities bounced back clearly in August (+1.5%) after three consecutive monthly declines. It increased significantly in restaurants and fast food services (+1.6%), in event catering and other food services (+2.1%) and in accommodation (+1.2%).

The sales volume of the whole sector declined slightly over the last three months (–0.2%) and plunged year on year (–3.1%).

New improvement in household services

The sales volume in household services rose again in August (+0.7% after +0.5% in July). It increased particularly in other personal service activities (funeral services, laundry, hairdressing, etc.) (+0.9%), in sports activities and amusement (+1.8%) and in repair of computers and personal and household goods (+0.4%).

The sales volume in household services decreased at the same rate over the last three months and year on year (–1.2%).

Revisions

The change for July was revised by +0.3 point in wholesale and retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles. Over the same month, it was revised by –0.2 point in the retail trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles and by +0.2 point in accommodation and food service activities and in household services

Monthly survey on large-scale food retailing in September

Turnover in large-scale food retailing remained almost steady in September (–0.1%). While sales of food products went on increasing (+1.8%), those of non-food products fell substantially (–2.0%). Sales of automotive fuel levelled off (+0.1%).

Tab3_anglais – Monthly turnover indices in large-scale food retailing

SA-WDA value, Base year 2010
Monthly turnover indices in large-scale food retailing
Change in %
Sept./ Aug. Aug./ July q-o-q (1) y-o-y (1)
Turnover –0.1 2.0 –0.8 –2.6
Including
Sales of food products 1.8 3.1 –0.8 –2.8
Sales of non-food products –2.0 2.3 –1.2 –3.6
Sales of automotive fuel 0.1 0.3 –0.8 –6.1
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months / previous three months.
  • Source: INSEE - Monthly survey on large scale food retailing (Emagsa)