In May 2015, the sales volume increased in overall retail tradeSales volume in the retail trade and personal services - May 2015

In May 2015, the sales volume increased in trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+0.7%) and more slightly in retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+0.2%) and accommodation and food service activities (+0.2%). However, it decreased again in household services (–0.7%).

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 May 2015, the sales volume increased in trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+0.7%) and more slightly in retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+0.2%) and accommodation and food service activities (+0.2%). However, it decreased again in household services (–0.7%).

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

Slight rise in retail trade except of motor vehicles and motorcycles

In May, the sales volume grew slightly in retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+0.2% after +0.8%). According to early estimates, it would level off in June 2015.

The sales volume little changed overall in specialised stores as in non-specialised stores (+0.2%). It rose in retail sale of other goods (clothings, pharmacy,…) (+0.6%) and in retail sale of information and communication equipment (+1.3%) but it declined in retail sale of other household equipment (–0.5%).

The sales volume in retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles increased over the last three months (+0.5%, q-o-q) and more significantly over the year (+2.6%).

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 May/ Apr Apr/ Mar q-o-q (1) y-o-y (2)
47 Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 0.2 0.8 0.5 2.6
471 Retail sale in non-specialized stores 369 0.2 0.6 0.8 1.7
472 to 477 Retail sale in specialized stores 573 0.2 0.9 0.4 3.1
478 and 479 Retail trade not in stores 58 0.8 0.9 0.0 2.7
45 Trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 0.7 0.4 1.7 3.6
I Accommodation and food service activities 1000 0.2 2.3 –0.7 –1.4
R+S Household services 1000 –0.7 –0.2 –0.2 –0.3
R Arts, entertainment and recreation 449 –0.9 0.1 –0.5 0.2
S Other service activities 551 –0.5 –0.5 0.0 –0.7
  • (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 %
June 2015/ May 2015 June 2015/ June 2014
47 Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 0.0 2.0
  • * Econometric estimate from a set of sources available within 30 days after the end of the reference month
  • Source: INSEE

Four-month-in-a-row growth in trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles

In May, the sales volume in retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles increased (+0.7%) for four months in a row. It was up again in sale of motor vehicles (+0.9% after +0.7%) and it recovered in sale of motor vehicle parts and accessories (+0.4% after –0.3%)

The sales volume increased significantly over the last three months (+1.7%) and even more year on year (+3.6%).

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 May 2015 May/ Apr Apr/ Mar q-o-q (1)
47 Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 107.5 0.2 0.8 0.5
471 Non-specialised stores 369 100.5 0.2 0.6 0.8
472 to 477 Specialised stores 573 112.1 0.2 0.9 0.4
472 Retail sale of food, beverages and tobacco in specialised stores 49 104.5 –0.5 1.6 0.6
473 Retail sale of automotive fuel 78 96.5 –0.6 0.6 –2.0
474 Retail sale of information and communication equipment 28 152.8 1.3 –0.9 –0.8
475 Retail sale of other household equipment 112 101.4 –0.5 1.0 0.4
476 Retail sale of cultural and recreation goods 48 105.1 0.2 2.0 0.5
477 Retail sale of other goods in specialised stores 258 119.8 0.6 0.9 1.2
478 et 479 Retail trade not in stores 58 107.1 0.8 0.9 0.0
45 Wholesale and retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 98.7 0.7 0.4 1.7
451 Sale of motor vehicles 671 99.1 0.9 0.7 2.6
452 Maintenance and repair of motor vehicles 78 90.9 –0.8 0.1 1.4
453 Sale of motor vehicle parts and accessories 227 101.1 0.4 –0.3 –0.6
454 Sale, maintenance and repair of motorcycles and related parts and accessories 24 89.8 0.4 1.3 2.0
I Accommodation and food service activities 1000 93.0 0.2 2.3 –0.7
55 Accommodation 255 96.1 0.1 1.9 –0.8
56 Food and beverage service activities 745 91.9 0.3 2.4 –0.7
561 Restaurants… 549 90.8 0.4 3.5 –0.9
562 Event catering… 116 102.0 0.3 –0.5 0.6
563 Beverage serving activities 80 84.6 –0.2 0.3 –1.1
R+S Household services 1000 96.9 –0.7 –0.2 –0.2
R Arts, entertainment and recreation 449 96.7 –0.9 0.1 –0.5
90 Creative, arts and entertainment activities 115 95.6 –0.9 –1.1 0.4
91 Libraries, archives, museums… 11 116.9 5.5 –3.7 2.3
92 Gambling and betting activities 119 105.2 –3.0 0.8 0.2
93 Sports activities and amusement... 204 91.4 0.1 0.6 –1.7
S Other service activities 551 97.0 –0.5 –0.5 0.0
95 Repair of computers… 228 97.3 0.1 –1.1 0.3
96 Other personal service activities 323 96.8 –0.8 0.0 –0.2
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months / previous three months.
  • Source: INSEE

Slight rise in accommodation and food service activities

The sales volume in accommodation and food service activities slowed in May (+0.2%) after the strong rebound of April (+2.3%). The rise was concentrated in restaurants and fast food services (+0.4%).

The sales volume of the whole sector decreased moderately over the last three months (–0.7%) and a little more year on year (–1.4%).

New decline in household services

In May, the sales volume in household services fell again (–0.7% after –0.2%). While it declined in gambling and betting activities (–3.0%), in other personal service activities repair of computers (–0.8%) and in creative, arts and entertainment activities (–0.9%), it bounced back in libraries, archives, museums… (+5.5%).

The sales volume in household services slightly decreased over the last three months (–0.2%) and year-on-year (–0.3%).

Revisions

The change for April 2015 was revised by +0.7 points in accommodation and food service activities. Initially calculated at +1.6%, it was revised at +2.3%, due to the new calculation of SA-WDA. On the same month, it was revised by +0.1 point in retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles and by –0.1 point in wholesale and retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles. It was unchanged in household services.

Monthly survey on large-scale food retailing in June 2015

In June 2015, turnover in large-scale food retailing was down (–0.8% after +1.2% in May). Sales of food products declined (–0.6% after +1.7%) and those of non-food products went on decreasing (–0.9% in June after –2.2% in May). Conversely, sales of automotive fuel kept on increasing for a fifth consecutive month (+1.1%).

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 %
June/ May May/ Apr q-o-q (1) y-o-y (1)
Turnover –0.8 1.2 1.7 0.7
Including
Sales of food products –0.6 1.7 0.8 1.8
Sales of non-food products –0.9 –2.2 1.8 0.7
Sales of automotive fuel 1.1 2.7 7.8 –5.8
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months / previous three months.
  • Source: INSEE - Monthly survey on large scale food retailing (Emagsa)