In May 2014, the sales volume increased in retail trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcyclesSales volume in the retail trade and personal services - May 2014

In May 2014, the sales volume decreased in household services (–0.8%), in trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (–0.7%) and in accommodation and food service activities (–0.4%). On the contrary, it grew in retail trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles (+1.1%).

Except for indices from Emagsa survey. every index in this issue is in volume and seasonally and working-day adjusted (SA-WDA).

Bridging days (Fridays 2 nd , 9 th and 30 th May) were considered like normal working days for SA-WDA treatment. 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 2014, the sales volume decreased in household services (–0.8%), in trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (–0.7%) and in accommodation and food service activities (–0.4%). On the contrary, it grew in retail trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles (+1.1%)

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

  • Source : INSEE

Growth in the retail trade except for motor vehicles and motorcycles

In May, sales volume in retail trade except for motor vehicles and motorcycles increased (+1.1%) after a stability in April (0.0%). In June, the sales volume is expected to edge up by +0.2%.

Sales volume rose in all types of stores. In specialised stores, it increased significantly in retail sale of information and communication equipment (+3.7%), in retail sale of other household equipment (+1.7%) and in retail sale of cultural and recreation goods (+1.8%).

Over the last three months (q-o-q), the sales volume rose in the retail trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles (+0.7%). It increased more significantly 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 May/ Apr Apr Mar q-o-q (1) y-o-y (2)
47 Retail trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 1.1 0.0 0.7 1.5
471 Retail sale in non-specialized stores 369 1.0 –0.2 –0.2 –1.7
472 to 477 Retail sale in specialized stores 573 1.3 0.1 1.3 3.5
478 and 479 Retail trade not in stores 58 0.4 –0.3 –0.8 0.7
45 Trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 –0.7 0.6 –0.4 0.4
I Accommodation and food service activities 1000 –0.4 1.6 –1.0 –2.9
R+S Household services 1000 –0.8 –1.2 0.3 –0.4
R Arts. entertainment and recreation 449 –1.0 –1.1 1.0 –1.2
S Other service activities 551 –0.5 –1.3 –0.2 0.3
  • (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 %
Jun 2014/ May 2014 Jun 2014/ Jun 2013
47 Retail trade. except for motor vehicles and motorcycles 0.2 3.0
  • * Econometric estimate from a set of sources available within 30 days after the end of the reference month
  • Source: INSEE

Decline in trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles

After a three-month-in-a-row growth, sales volume in trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles went down (–0.7%). It decreased in the sale of motor vehicle parts and accessories (–1.4%) and slightly in the sale of motor vehicles (–0.3%).

The sales volume declined over the last three months (–0.4%) but improved year on year (+0.4%).

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 May 2014 May/ Apr Apr/ Mar q-o-q (1)
47 Retail trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 105.3 1.1 0.0 0.7
471 Non-specialised stores 369 99.5 1.0 –0.2 –0.2
472 to 477 Specialised stores 573 109.3 1.3 0.1 1.3
472 Retail sale of food, beverages and tobacco in specialised stores 49 102.5 –0.4 3.8 –0.5
473 Retail sale of automotive fuel 78 100.0 1.5 0.9 2.5
474 Retail sale of information and communication equipment 28 149.3 3.7 4.1 2.2
475 Retail sale of other household equipment 112 100.7 1.7 –1.1 –0.3
476 Retail sale of cultural and recreation goods 48 103.4 1.8 0.6 3.0
477 Retail sale of other goods in specialised stores 258 113.9 0.9 –0.8 1.5
478 et 479 Retail trade not in stores 58 103.3 0.4 –0.3 –0.8
45 Wholesale and retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 94.5 –0.7 0.6 –0.4
451 Sale of motor vehicles 671 93.2 –0.3 0.8 –0.8
452 Maintenance and repair of motor vehicles 78 90.1 –2.1 1.6 –0.7
453 Sale of motor vehicle parts and accessories 227 100.5 –1.4 0.2 0.6
454 Sale, maintenance and repair of motorcycles and related parts and accessories 24 90.3 0.0 –0.8 1.1
I Accommodation and food service activities 1000 93.8 –0.4 1.6 –1.0
55 Accommodation 255 95.8 –0.8 4.8 –2.0
56 Food and beverage service activities 745 93.1 –0.2 0.5 –0.7
561 Restaurants… 549 92.1 –0.1 0.0 –0.9
562 Event catering… 116 101.1 –0.7 2.0 –0.2
563 Beverage serving activities 80 88.9 –0.5 1.3 –0.2
R+S Household services 1000 97.1 –0.8 –1.2 0.3
R Arts, entertainment and recreation 449 96.3 –1.0 –1.1 1.0
90 Creative, arts and entertainment activities 115 95.4 –0.3 –3.7 –0.6
91 Libraries, Archives, museums… 11 108.0 0.2 –1.6 3.2
92 Gambling and betting activities 119 100.8 –4.5 –0.8 3.3
93 Sports activities and amusement... 204 93.6 0.7 0.4 0.4
S Other service activities 551 97.8 –0.5 –1.3 –0.2
95 Repair of computers… 228 98.2 –1.4 –3.1 0.5
96 Other personal service activities 323 97.5 0.1 0.1 –0.7
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months / previous three months.
  • Source : Insee

Decline in accommodation and food service activities

Sales volume in accommodation and food service activities decreased slightly in May (–0.4%) after a noticeable rise in April (+1.6%). It fell particularly in accommodation (–0.8%) and in event catering and other food services (–0.7%). It levelled off in restaurants and fast food services (–0.1%).

The sales volume of the whole sector declined over the last three months (–1.0%) and plunged year on year (–2.9%).

Fall again in household services

Sales volume in household services slided for the second month in a row in May (–0.8% after –1.2% in April). It declined significantly in gambling and betting activities (–4.5%) and in repair of computers and personal and household goods (–1.4%). On the contrary it rose in sports activities and amusement...(+0.7%).

The sales volume in household services increased slightly over the last three months (+0.3%) but decreased year on year (–0.4%).

Revisions

Changes for April were revised by –0.2 point in household services, by –0.1 point in retail trade and by +0.1 in accommodation and food service activities.

Monthly survey on large-scale food retailing in June

Turnover in large-scale food retailing was nearly steady (–0.1%) in June after a moderate growth in May (+0.9%). Sales of food products (–0.7%) and non-food products (–1.1%) declined while sales of automotive fuel rose slightly again (+0.6%).

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 %
Jun/ May May/ Apr q-o-q (1) y-o-y (1)
Turnover –0.1 0.9 0.9 0.6
Including
Sales of food products –0.7 0.5 0.4 –0.2
Sales of non-food products –1.1 2.7 1.1 –0.2
Sales of automotive fuel 0.6 5.4 2.1 –4.1
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months / previous three months.
  • Source: INSEE - Monthly survey on large-scale food retailing (Emagsa)