In June 2015, the turnover improved in the wholesale tradeTurnover in the wholesale trade and business services - June 2015

In June 2015, the turnover improved in the wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+0.4%), in information and communication (+0.6%) and in transportation and storage (+0.3%). Conversely, it declined in real estate activities (–0.5%). It was virtually stable in business support activities (+0.1%).

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 June 2015, the turnover improved in the wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+0.4%), in information and communication (+0.6%) and in transportation and storage (+0.3%). Conversely, it declined in real estate activities (–0.5%). It was virtually stable in business support activities (+0.1%)

Graph1_anglais – Wholesale trade and business services

  • Source: INSEE

Further increase in the wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles

In June, the turnover of the wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles increased slightly again (+0.4% after +0.3% in May). It went up in particular in the wholesale of food, beverages and tobacco (+1.6%), in the wholesale on a fee or contract basis (+1.0%) as well as in the non specialised wholesale trade (+2.6%). On the contrary, it decreased in the wholesale of information and communication equipment (–3.1%). The turnover of the wholesale trade improved over the last quarter (+0.9%) and held steady over the year (0.0%).

Slight increase in transportation and storage

In June, the turnover of transportation and storage improved slightly (+0.3%) after a virtual stability in May (+0.1%). It increased in land transport and transport via pipelines (+1.4%) and more sharply in postal and courier activities (+8.4%). Conversely, it decreased very strongly in air transports (–5.0%) and more moderately in warehousing and support activities for transportation (–0.6%) and in water transport (–0.5%).

The turnover of transportation and storage was virtually stable over the last quarter (–0.1%) and improved over the year (+1.7%).

Decrease in real estate activities

In June, the turnover of real estate activities fell back (–0.5%) after four consecutive monthly increases. It rose over the last quarter (+1.8%) and over the year (+2.9%).

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 June/May May/ April q-o-q (1) y-o-y (2)
46 Wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 0.4 0.3 0.9 0.0
H Transportation and storage 1000 0.3 0.1 –0.1 1.7
J Information and communication 1000 0.6 –0.7 0.9 2.2
L Real estate activities 1000 –0.5 0.6 1.8 2.9
M+N Business support activities 1000 0.1 0.1 1.1 2.2
M Professional, scientific and technical activities 579 0.3 0.4 2.0 2.9
N Administrative and support service activities 421 –0.1 –0.2 0.0 1.2
  • (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 June, the turnover of information and communication recovered (+0.6% after –0.7% in May). It bounced back in telecommunications (+1.5%), in programming and broadcasting activities (+3.4%), in computer programming, consultancy and related activities (+0.4%) and in motion picture, video and television programme production (+0.9%). On the contrary, it diminished in publishing activities (–2.2%). It was stable in information service activities.

The turnover of information and communication increased over the last quarter (+0.9%) and over the year (+2.2%).

Near stability in business support activities

In June, the turnover of business support activities remained almost unchanged once again (+0.1%).

The turnover went up slightly in professional, scientific and technical activities (+0.3%), thanks particulary to an increase in advertising and market research (+2.4%) and in legal and accounting activities (+0.8%) despite a fall in activities of head offices (–0.8%). The turnover in administrative and support service activities was virtually stable (–0.1%): in particular, it decreased in office administrative, office support and other business support activities (–1.3%) and in travel agencies (-1,1%) while it improved in services to buildings and landscape activities (+1.2%), in security and investigation activities (+2.7%) and in rental and leasing activities (+0.6%).

The turnover of business support activities improved over the last quarter (+1.1%) and over the year (+2.2%).

Revisions

The variation in May 2015 was revised by +0.2 points in transportation and storage. Initially calculated at –0.1%, it was revised at +0.1%. That same month the variation was revised by +0.1 points in information and communication and in real estate activities. It remained unchanged in the wholesale trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles and in business support 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 June 2015 June/May May/April q-o-q (1)
46 Wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 110.5 0.4 0.3 0.9
461 Wholesale on a fee or contract basis 152 118.2 1.0 –0.5 1.4
462 Wholesale of agricultural raw materials and live animals 54 117.7 0.5 –2.6 –1.6
463 Wholesale of food, beverages and tobacco 170 113.7 1.6 –0.6 1.3
464 Wholesale of household goods 207 108.5 –0.2 0.9 0.8
465 Wholesale of information and communication equipment 61 101.5 –3.1 4.5 0.3
466 Wholesale of other machinery, equipment and supplies 125 112.8 0.1 –0.1 1.3
467 Other specialised wholesale 197 102.2 0.1 1.4 0.7
469 Non specialised wholesale trade 34 114.8 2.6 0.0 2.1
H Transportation and storage 1000 108.9 0.3 0.1 –0.1
49 Land transport and transport via pipelines 407 109.5 1.4 –0.6 0.1
50 Water transport 73 125.9 –0.5 4.7 3.4
51 Air transport 91 104.7 –5.0 0.4 1.6
52 Warehousing and support activities for transportation 360 107.3 –0.6 –0.1 –0.9
53 Postal and courier activities 69 100.7 8.4 –0.5 –3.8
J Information and communication 1000 105.3 0.6 –0.7 0.9
58 Publishing activities 158 104.7 –2.2 2.1 1.0
59 Motion picture, video and television programme production… 76 104.5 0.9 –2.1 –0.4
60 Programming and broadcasting activities 61 105.3 3.4 –0.2 –1.5
61 Telecommunications 396 95.7 1.5 –2.7 1.8
62 Computer programming, consultancy and related activities 251 119.5 0.4 0.0 0.3
63 Information service activities 58 111.6 0.0 2.4 2.3
L Real estate activities 1000 105.1 –0.5 0.6 1.8
681 Buying and selling of own real estate 96 84.0 1.9 –1.4 –1.4
682 Renting and operating of own or leased real estate 691 108.3 –0.8 0.7 2.1
683 Real estate activities on a fee or contract basis 213 104.1 –0.6 0.9 2.2
M+N Business support activities 1000 113.2 0.1 0.1 1.1
M Professional, scientific and technical activities 579 114.2 0.3 0.4 2.0
69 Legal and accounting activities 90 109.1 0.8 0.0 0.4
70 Activities of head offices… 219 120.9 –0.8 –0.5 2.9
71 Architectural and engineering activities… 151 112.3 0.2 2.3 2.2
72 Scientific research and development 26 109.0 2.7 0.1 2.4
73 Advertising and market research 68 104.5 2.4 –0.2 0.0
74 Other professional, scientific and technical activities 19 116.3 0.8 0.3 2.9
75 Veterinary activities 6 119.7 1.4 0.2 1.1
N Administrative and support service activities 421 111.7 –0.1 –0.2 0.0
77 Rental and leasing activities 98 112.1 0.6 0.1 0.3
78 Employment activities 80 109.7 0.1 –0.2 0.9
79 Travel agency, tour operator… 42 103.4 –1.1 1.0 –0.6
80 Security and investigation activities 21 117.4 2.7 –0.8 1.1
81 Services to buildings and landscape activities 50 110.8 1.2 –1.5 –0.7
82 Office administrative, office support and other business support activities 131 114.9 –1.3 –0.3 –0.5
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months / previous three months.
  • Source: INSEE