In February 2015, the sales volume increased in retail trade and personal servicesSales volume in the retail trade and personal services - February 2015

In February 2015, the sales volume increased in the four broad sectors: retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+0.7%), trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+0.5%), accommodation and food service activities (+0.5%) and household services (+0.3%).

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 February 2015, the sales volume increased in the four broad sectors: retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+0.7%), trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+0.5%), accommodation and food service activities (+0.5%) and household services (+0.3%).

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

Growth in retail trade except of motor vehicles and motorcycles

In February, the sales volume grew in retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+0.7%) after a stability in January. According to early estimates, it is likely to slightly decrease in March 2015 (–0.3%).

The sales volume bounced back in non-specialised stores (+1.1% after –0.6%). It improved moderately in specialised stores (+0.6% after +0.4%), including on the one hand a rose in retail sale of other goods (+1.0%) but on the other hand a high decrease in retail sale of automotive fuel (–2.6%).

The sales volume in retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles increased over the last three months (+1.3% q-o-q) and more marketly year on 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 Feb./ Jan. Jan./ Dec. q-o-q (1) y-o-y (2)
47 Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 0.7 0.0 1.3 2.6
471 Retail sale in non-specialized stores 369 1.1 –0.6 0.3 0.5
472 to 477 Retail sale in specialized stores 573 0.6 0.4 1.8 3.8
478 and 479 Retail trade not in stores 58 –0.7 –0.2 2.1 2.4
45 Trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 0.5 –0.7 0.5 0.8
I Accommodation and food service activities 1000 0.5 0.3 –0.5 –1.9
R+S Household services 1000 0.3 0.0 0.6 0.0
R Arts, entertainment and recreation 449 0.0 0.2 1.2 1.6
S Other service activities 551 0.6 –0.1 0.1 –1.2
  • (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 %
Mar 2015/ Feb. 2015 Mar 2015/ Mar 2014
47 Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles –0.3 2.2
  • * Econometric estimate from a set of sources available within 30 days after the end of the reference month
  • Source: INSEE

Bounce back in trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles

The sales volume in retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles recovered in February (+0.5% after –0.7% in January). It increased significantly in retail sale of motor vehicle parts and accessories (+1.7%) but it levelled off in sale of motor vehicles.

The sales volume increased over the last three months (+0.5% q-o-q) and year on year (+0.8%).

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 Feb. 2015 Feb./ Jan. Jan./ Dec. q-o-q (1)
47 Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 106.9 0.7 0.0 1.3
471 Non-specialised stores 369 99.8 1.1 –0.6 0.3
472 to 477 Specialised stores 573 111.7 0.6 0.4 1.8
472 Retail sale of food, beverages and tobacco in specialised stores 49 103.5 –0.2 0.4 0.6
473 Retail sale of automotive fuel 78 96.1 –2.6 –0.2 2.6
474 Retail sale of information and communication equipment 28 156.3 1.6 0.7 0.0
475 Retail sale of other household equipment 112 102.4 1.2 1.6 1.0
476 Retail sale of cultural and recreation goods 48 105.5 1.4 1.7 1.2
477 Retail sale of other goods in specialised stores 258 118.3 1.0 –0.1 2.5
478 et 479 Retail trade not in stores 58 105.5 –0.7 –0.2 2.1
45 Wholesale and retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 96.0 0.5 –0.7 0.5
451 Sale of motor vehicles 671 94.9 0.0 –0.9 0.4
452 Maintenance and repair of motor vehicles 78 89.4 0.3 –0.6 –0.8
453 Sale of motor vehicle parts and accessories 227 102.6 1.7 –0.5 1.4
454 Sale, maintenance and repair of motorcycles and related parts and accessories 24 87.8 –0.3 3.3 –2.4
I Accommodation and food service activities 1000 93.2 0.5 0.3 –0.5
55 Accommodation 255 97.3 0.4 2.7 0.0
56 Food and beverage service activities 745 91.7 0.6 –0.6 –0.7
561 Restaurants… 549 90.4 0.3 –0.5 –0.7
562 Event catering… 116 102.3 2.0 –0.9 –0.2
563 Beverage serving activities 80 85.6 0.1 –0.6 –1.6
R+S Household services 1000 97.6 0.3 0.0 0.6
R Arts, entertainment and recreation 449 97.4 0.0 0.2 1.2
90 Creative, arts and entertainment activities 115 95.4 –1.8 3.8 1.3
91 Libraries, archives, museums… 11 113.5 1.3 3.5 2.7
92 Gambling and betting activities 119 106.3 2.0 –4.2 2.1
93 Sports activities and amusement... 204 92.5 –0.4 0.9 0.4
S Other service activities 551 97.7 0.6 –0.1 0.1
95 Repair of computers… 228 96.3 –0.2 –0.9 –0.6
96 Other personal service activities 323 98.7 1.1 0.4 0.6
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months / previous three months.
  • Source: INSEE

Another rise in accommodation and food service activities

Sales volume in accommodation and food service activities rose again in February (+0.5% after +0.3%). It picked up in food and beverage service activities (+0.6% after –0.6%) and particularly in event catering and other food services (+2.0% after –0.9%) and in restaurants and fast food services (+0.3% after –0.5%). Besides the sales volume went on increasing in accommodation but at a slower pace (+0.4% after +2.7%).

The sales volume of the whole sector was down over the last three months (–0.5% q-o-q) and even more year on year (–1.9%).

Slight growth in household services

In February, the sales volume in household services increased slightly (+0.3%). It grew mainly in other personal service activities (+1.1%) and in gambling and betting activities (+2.0%). On the contrary, it was down in creative, arts and entertainment activities (–1.8%) and in sports activities and amusement (–0.4%).

The sales volume in household services increased over the last three months (+0.6%) and remained stable year-on-year.

Revisions

The variation for January 2015 was revised by –0.2 point in retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles. That same month, it was unchanged for the other sectors

Monthly survey on large-scale food retailing in March 2015

In March 2015, turnover in large-scale food retailing kept on being nearly stable (+0.1% after –0.1%). Sales of automotive fuel went on increasing (+2.8% after +2.8%). Sales of non-food products went down (–0.7% after +0.9%), while those of food products recovered a little (+0.2% after –0.3%).

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 %
Mar/ Feb. Feb./ Jan. q-o-q (1) y-o-y (1)
Turnover 0.1 –0.1 –0.5 –0.9
Including
Sales of food products 0.2 –0.3 0.3 1.1
Sales of non-food products –0.7 0.9 1.4 –0.5
Sales of automotive fuel 2.8 2.8 –10.5 –11.5
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months / previous three months.
  • Source: INSEE - Monthly survey on large scale food retailing (Emagsa)