In April 2014, the sales volume increased in accommodation and food services activities and in trade and repair of motor vehiclesSales volume in the retail trade and personal services - April 2014

In April 2014, the sales volume rose in accommodation and food service activities (+1.5%) and in trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+0.7%). It was almost stable in the retail trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles (+0.1%). On the contrary, it declined in household services. (–1.0%).

Except for indices from Emagsa survey, every index in this issue is in volume 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 April 2014, the sales volume rose in accommodation and food service activities (+1.5%) and in trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+0.7%). It was almost stable in the retail trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles (+0.1%). On the contrary, it declined in household services. (–1.0%).

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

  • Source : INSEE

Near-stability in the retail trade except for motor vehicles and motorcycles

In April, sales volume in retail trade except for motor vehicles and motorcycles was almost steady.(+0.1%) after a rise in March (+0.5%). In May, the sales volume is expected to edge up by +0.8%.

Sales volume rose in non specialised stores (+0.4%). Though it was stable in specialised stores, it increased significantly in retail sale of food, beverages…(+3.6%) and in retail sale of information and communication equipment (+3.1%) but it declined in retail sales of other goods (such as clothing, pharmaceuticals…) (–0.9%) and in retail sale of other household equipment (–1.2%).

Over the last three months (q-o-q), the sales volume declined slightly in the retail trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles (–0.2%) but increased year on year (+1.5%).

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 April/ March March/ Feb. q-o-q (1) y-o-y (2)
47 Retail trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 0.1 0.5 –0.2 1.5
471 Retail sale in non-specialized stores 369 0.4 –0.3 –0.4 –1.2
472 to 477 Retail sale in specialized stores 573 0.0 1.0 0.1 3.3
478 and 479 Retail trade not in stores 58 –0.4 0.5 –1.7 0.1
45 Trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 0.7 0.6 –0.9 0.3
I Accommodation and food service activities 1000 1.5 –1.8 –1.1 –2.3
R+S Household services 1000 –1.0 0.8 1.4 0.4
R Arts, entertainment and recreation 449 –1.0 1.1 1.7 0.0
S Other service activities 551 –1.0 0.5 1.1 0.8
  • (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 %
May 2014/ April 2014 May 2014/ May 2013
47 Retail trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles 0,8 1,0
  • * Econometric estimate from a set of sources available within 30 days after the end of the reference month
  • Source: INSEE

Third rise in a row in trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles

Sales volume in trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles went on growing for the third month (+0.7% after +0.6% in March and +0.4% in February). It increased again in the sale of motor vehicles (+0.9%) and rebounded in maintenance and repair of motor vehicles (+2.0%).

The sales volume declined over the last three months (–0.9%) and improved slightly year on year (+0.3%).

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 April 2014 April/March March/Feb. q-o-q (1)
47 Retail trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 104.3 0.1 0.5 –0.2
471 Non-specialised stores 369 99.1 0.4 –0.3 –0.4
472 à 477 Specialised stores 573 107.8 0.0 1.0 0.1
472 Retail sale of food, beverages and tobacco in specialised stores 49 103.2 3.6 –2.7 –0.3
473 Retail sale of automotive fuel 78 98.5 1.1 4.3 –1.6
474 Retail sale of information and communication equipment 28 143.1 3.1 –1.1 0.2
475 Retail sale of other household equipment 112 98.9 –1.2 0.1 –0.6
476 Retail sale of cultural and recreation goods 48 100.8 0.2 0.0 0.9
477 Retail sale of other goods in specialised stores 258 112.9 –0.9 1.6 0.8
478 et 479 Retail trade not in stores 58 102.8 –0.4 0.5 –1.7
45 Wholesale and retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 95.5 0.7 0.6 –0.9
451 Sale of motor vehicles 671 93.8 0.9 0.7 –1.4
452 Maintenance and repair of motor vehicles 78 92.4 2.0 –1.0 –0.6
453 Sale of motor vehicle parts and accessories 227 102.2 0.1 0.6 0.2
454 Sale, maintenance and repair of motorcycles and related parts and accessories 24 90.3 –0.8 1.4 1.0
I Accommodation and food service activities 1000 94.1 1.5 –1.8 –1.1
55 Accommodation 255 96.4 4.6 –4.9 –1.8
56 Food and beverage service activities 745 93.3 0.4 –0.8 –0.9
561 Restaurants… 549 92.0 –0.1 –0.5 –1.3
562 Event catering… 116 101.9 2.0 –1.8 0.6
563 Beverage serving activities 80 89.4 1.3 –0.9 0.0
R+S Household services 1000 98.1 –1.0 0.8 1.4
R Arts, entertainment and recreation 449 97.5 –1.0 1.1 1.7
90 Creative, arts and entertainment activities 115 95.8 –3.7 1.6 1.2
91 Libraries, archives, museums… 11 107.8 –1.7 1.6 5.8
92 Gambling and betting activities 119 106.2 –0.4 2.3 4.7
93 Sports activities and amusement... 204 92.9 0.3 0.1 –0.1
S Other service activities 551 98.5 –1.0 0.5 1.1
95 Repair of computers… 228 100.1 –2.7 1.9 3.1
96 Other personal service activities 323 97.4 0.3 –0.5 –0.3
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months / previous three months.
  • Source: Insee

Rebound in accommodation and food service activities

Sales volume in accommodation and food service activities bounced back in April (+1.5%) after a notable decline in March (–1.8%). It soared in accommodation (+4.6%) and to a lesser extent in event catering and other food services (+2.0%). It levelled off in restaurants and fast food services (–0.1%).

The sales volume of the whole sector declined over the last three months (–1.1%) and year on year (–2.3%).

Decrease in household services

Sales volume in household services was down in April (–1.0%) after two months of growth. It declined significantly in repair of computers and personal and household goods (–2.7%), in creative, arts and entertainment activities (–3.7%) and more slightly in gambling and betting activities (–0.4%).

The sales volume in household services increased over the last three months (+1.4%) and year on year (+0.4%).

Revisions

Changes for March were revised by –0.3 point in accommodation and food service activities. The other sectors remained unchanged.

Monthly survey onlarge-scale food retailing

Turnover in large-scale food retailing rose moderately in May (+0.8%). However it was more significant for non-food products (+2.1%).

Tab3_anglais – Monthly turnover indices in large-scale food retailing

SA-WDA volume, Base year 2010
Monthly turnover indices in large-scale food retailing
Change in %
May/ April April March q-o-q (1) y-o-y (1)
Turnover 0.8 0.2 0.0 –0.1
Including
Sales of food products 1.2 0.3 0.2 –0.7
Sales of non-food products 2.1 –0.5 1.7 –1.4
Sales of automotive fuel 1.5 –0.8 –3.5 –5.5
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months / previous three months.
  • Source: INSEE - Monthly survey on large-scale food retailing (Emagsa)