In January 2015, the sales volume decreased in trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles and decelerated in retail tradeSales volume in the retail trade and personal services - January 2015

In January 2015, the sales volume decreased in trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (–0.7%). On the contrary, it increased slightly in retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+0.2%) and in accommodation and food service activities (+0.3%). It levelled off in household services.

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 January 2015, the sales volume decreased in trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (–0.7%). On the contrary, it increased slightly in retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+0.2%) and in accommodation and food service activities (+0.3%). It levelled off in household services.

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

  • Source : INSEE

Slowdown in the retail trade except of motor vehicles and motorcycles

In January, the sales volume in retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles decelerated (+0.2% after + 0.3% in December and +1.0% in November). According to early estimates, it is likely to be steady in February 2015.

While the sales volume improved slightly in specialised stores (+0.4%) where it grew especially in retail sale of other household equipment (+1.5%) and of cultural and recreation goods (+1.7%), it was almost stable in non-specialised stores (–0.1%).

The sales volume in retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles increased over the last three months (+0.9% q-o-q) and year on year (+1.8%).

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 Jan./ Dec. Dec./ Nov. q-o-q (1) y-o-y (2)
47 Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 0.2 0.3 0.9 1.8
471 Retail sale in non-specialized stores 369 –0.1 0.5 0.3 –0.2
472 to 477 Retail sale in specialized stores 573 0.4 0.2 1.2 2.9
478 and 479 Retail trade not in stores 58 –0.2 0.5 2.3 2.0
45 Trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 –0.7 0.8 0.1 0.2
I Accommodation and food service activities 1000 0.3 –0.1 –1.5 –2.6
R+S Household services 1000 0.0 0.7 0.1 0.1
R Arts, entertainment and recreation 449 0.1 1.5 0.5 0.7
S Other service activities 551 –0.1 0.1 –0.2 –0.4
  • (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 %
Feb. 2015/ Jan. 2015 Feb. 2015/ Feb. 2014
47 Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 0.0 2.5
  • * Econometric estimate from a set of sources available within 30 days after the end of the reference month
  • Source: INSEE

Downturn in trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles

The sales volume in retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles fell in January (–0.7% after +0.8%). This decline in almost all sectors was more significant in sale of motor vehicles (–0.9%).

The sales volume was almost stable over the last three months (+0.1% q-o-q) and increased very slightly year-on-year (+0.2%).

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 Jan. 2015 Jan./ Dec. Dec./ Nov. q-o-q (1)
47 Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 106.3 0.2 0.3 0.9
471 Non-specialised stores 369 99.1 –0.1 0.5 0.3
472 to 477 Specialised stores 573 110.9 0.4 0.2 1.2
472 Retail sale of food, beverages and tobacco in specialised stores 49 103.5 0.4 0.2 0.4
473 Retail sale of automotive fuel 78 99.3 0.1 3.4 2.6
474 Retail sale of information and communication equipment 28 154.1 0.9 –1.2 0.5
475 Retail sale of other household equipment 112 100.8 1.5 –1.4 –0.4
476 Retail sale of cultural and recreation goods 48 103.7 1.7 –1.9 1.0
477 Retail sale of other goods in specialised stores 258 116.9 –0.1 0.6 1.6
478 et 479 Retail trade not in stores 58 106.3 –0.2 0.5 2.3
45 Wholesale and retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 95.7 –0.7 0.8 0.1
451 Sale of motor vehicles 671 95.2 –0.9 0.1 1.1
452 Maintenance and repair of motor vehicles 78 89.0 –0.7 0.3 –1.8
453 Sale of motor vehicle parts and accessories 227 100.1 –0.7 3.1 –1.9
454 Sale, maintenance and repair of motorcycles and related parts and accessories 24 88.0 3.0 –2.8 –2.7
I Accommodation and food service activities 1000 92.6 0.3 –0.1 –1.5
55 Accommodation 255 96.7 2.8 –0.8 –1.5
56 Food and beverage service activities 745 91.1 –0.5 0.1 –1.4
561 Restaurants… 549 90.0 –0.4 –0.1 –1.3
562 Event catering… 116 100.2 –0.9 1.4 –2.0
563 Beverage serving activities 80 85.5 –0.6 –0.8 –1.5
R+S Household services 1000 97.3 0.0 0.7 0.1
R Arts, entertainment and recreation 449 97.2 0.1 1.5 0.5
90 Creative, arts and entertainment activities 115 97.3 3.9 –0.1 0.3
91 Libraries, archives, museums… 11 110.7 3.2 1.6 –0.7
92 Gambling and betting activities 119 104.1 –4.4 6.0 0.7
93 Sports activities and amusement... 204 92.3 0.8 –0.5 0.5
S Other service activities 551 97.4 –0.1 0.1 –0.2
95 Repair of computers… 228 97.2 –0.7 0.1 0.2
96 Other personal service activities 323 97.6 0.4 0.0 –0.4
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months / previous three months.
  • Source: INSEE

Slight rise in accommodation and food service activities

Sales volume in accommodation and food service activities rose slightly in January (+0.3%). It bounced back clearly in accommodation (+2.8% after –0.8%) but declined in food and beverage service activities (–0.5% after +0.1%), mainly due to sales volume decreases in restaurants and fast food services (–0.4%) and in event catering and other food services (–0.9%).

The sales volume of the whole sector went down over the last three months (–1.5% q-o-q) and year on year (–2.6%).

Stability in household services

In January, the volume of sales in household services remained stable, as a result of contrasted changes: the decline in gambling and betting activities (–4.4%) and in repair of computers and personal and household goods (–0.7%) was offset by increases in creative, arts and entertainment activities (+3.9%) and in sports activities and amusement (+0.8%).

The sales volume in household services was nearly stable over the last three months and year-on-year (+0.1%).

Revisions

The change for December 2014 was revised by +0.2 point in wholesale and retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles, by –0.1 point in retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles and in household services and by +0.1 point in accommodation and food service activities.

Monthly survey on large-scale food retailing in February 2015

In February 2015, turnover in large-scale food retailing was nearly stable (–0.1%). Sales of automotive fuel recovered significantly (+2.7% after –12.1% in Janvuary). Sales of non-food products went on improving but with a less sustained pace (+1.0% after +4.0%), while those of food products were almost flat (–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 %
Feb./ Jan. Jan./ Dec. q-o-q (1) y-o-y (1)
Turnover –0.1 –0.7 –0.6 –0.8
Including
Sales of food products –0.1 –0.4 0.1 1.1
Sales of non-food products 1.0 4.0 –1.3 –0.6
Sales of automotive fuel 2.7 –12.1 –9.0 –11.5
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months / previous three months.
  • Source : INSEE - Monthly survey on large scale food retailing (Emagsa)