In March 2015, the sales volume decreased in retail trade except of motor vehicles and motorcycles and in accommodation and food service activitiesSales volume in the retail trade and personal services - March 2015

In March 2015, the sales volume decreased in retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles (–0.7%) and in accommodation and food service activities (–2.2%). On the contrary, it increased again in trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+0.7%) and slightly in household services (+0.2%).

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 March 2015, the sales volume decreased in retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles (–0.7%) and in accommodation and food service activities (–2.2%). On the contrary, it increased again in trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+0.7%) and slightly in household services (+0.2%).

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

  • Source: INSEE

Decrease in retail trade except of motor vehicles and motorcycles

In March, the sales volume declined in retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles (–0.7% after +0.7% in February). According to early estimates, it is likely to improve in April 2015 (+0.5%).

The sales volume decreased by 0.2% in non-specialised stores and by 1.0% in specialised stores where all sectors declined and particularly the retail sale of other household equipment (–1.8%), the retail sale of cultural and recreation goods (–2.4%) and retail sale of automotive fuel (–1.9%).

The sales volume in retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles increased over the last three months (+0.8%, q-o-q) and strongly year-on-year (+2.4%).

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 Mar/ Feb. Feb./ Jan. q-o-q (1) y-o-y (2)
47 Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 –0.7 0.7 0.8 2.4
471 Retail sale in non-specialized stores 369 –0.2 1.1 0.6 0.7
472 to 477 Retail sale in specialized stores 573 –1.0 0.7 1.0 3.5
478 and 479 Retail trade not in stores 58 –0.3 –0.8 0.3 1.9
45 Trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 0.7 0.6 0.6 2.7
I Accommodation and food service activities 1000 –2.2 0.7 –0.5 –2.0
R+S Household services 1000 0.2 0.3 0.7 0.3
R Arts, entertainment and recreation 449 –0.4 0.1 1.2 1.2
S Other service activities 551 0.6 0.5 0.3 –0.5
  • (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 %
Apr 2015/ Mar 2015 Apr 2015/ Apr 2014
47 Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 0.5 2.6
  • * Econometric estimate from a set of sources available within 30 days after the end of the reference month
  • Source: INSEE

Rise again in trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles

The sales volume in retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles rose again in March (+0.7% after +0.6%). While It jumped in sale of motor vehicles (+1.4% after +0.2%), it fell in retail sale of motor vehicle parts and accessories (–1.4% after +1.8%).

The sales volume increased over the last three months (+0.6% q-o-q) and more strongly year on year (+2.7%).

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 Mar 2015 Mar/ Feb. Feb./ Jan. q-o-q (1)
47 Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 106.2 –0.7 0.7 0.8
471 Non-specialised stores 369 99.6 –0.2 1.1 0.6
472 to 477 Specialised stores 573 110.6 –1.0 0.7 1.0
472 Retail sale of food, beverages and tobacco in specialised stores 49 103.0 –0.3 –0.5 0.5
473 Retail sale of automotive fuel 78 95.4 –1.9 –1.5 0.4
474 Retail sale of information and communication equipment 28 153.8 –1.1 1.4 0.2
475 Retail sale of other household equipment 112 100.4 –1.8 1.1 1.3
476 Retail sale of cultural and recreation goods 48 102.7 –2.4 1.5 0.8
477 Retail sale of other goods in specialised stores 258 117.9 –0.3 1.0 1.4
478 et 479 Retail trade not in stores 58 105.1 –0.3 –0.8 0.3
45 Wholesale and retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 97.3 0.7 0.6 0.6
451 Sale of motor vehicles 671 97.0 1.4 0.2 0.3
452 Maintenance and repair of motor vehicles 78 91.2 1.5 0.1 0.4
453 Sale of motor vehicle parts and accessories 227 101.2 –1.4 1.8 1.6
454 Sale, maintenance and repair of motorcycles and related parts and accessories 24 87.6 –0.2 –0.3 –0.4
I Accommodation and food service activities 1000 91.0 –2.2 0.7 –0.5
55 Accommodation 255 94.3 –3.2 0.7 1.3
56 Food and beverage service activities 745 89.9 –1.9 0.6 –1.2
561 Restaurants… 549 88.1 –2.4 0.4 –1.6
562 Event catering… 116 102.3 –0.2 2.0 1.0
563 Beverage serving activities 80 84.2 –1.3 0.1 –1.8
R+S Household services 1000 98.0 0.2 0.3 0.7
R Arts, entertainment and recreation 449 97.4 –0.4 0.1 1.2
90 Creative, arts and entertainment activities 115 97.7 1.2 –1.0 4.0
91 Libraries, archives, museums… 11 115.3 1.3 1.3 6.6
92 Gambling and betting activities 119 107.3 0.6 2.0 0.0
93 Sports activities and amusement... 204 90.6 –2.0 –0.5 0.1
S Other service activities 551 98.4 0.6 0.5 0.3
95 Repair of computers… 228 99.3 2.0 0.0 0.0
96 Other personal service activities 323 97.8 –0.3 0.8 0.5
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months / previous three months.
  • Source: INSEE

Downturn in accommodation and food service activities

Sales volume in accommodation and food service activities fell sharply in March (–2.2%) after a two-month-in-a-row growth. It decreased in food and beverage service activities (–1.9%), particularly in restaurants and fast food services (–2.4%) and in beverage serving activities (–1.3%). Moreover, it dropped sharply in accommodation (–3.2% after +0.7%).

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 (–2.0%).

Slight growth in household services

In March, as in February, the sales volume in household services increased slightly (+0.2% after +0.3%). It grew mainly in repair of computers (+2.0%), in creative, arts and entertainment activities (+1.2%) and in gambling and betting activities (+0.6%). Conversely, it was down in sports activities and amusement (–2.0%) and in other personal service activities (–0.3%).

The sales volume in household services increased over the last three months (+0.7%) and more slightly year-on-year (+0.3%).

Revisions

The change for February 2015 was revised by +0.2 points in accommodation and food service activities and by +0.1 points in wholesale and retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles. It was unchanged in retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles and in household services.

Monthly survey on large-scale food retailing in April 2015

In April 2015, turnover in large-scale food retailing bounced back (+0.8% after –0.2%). Sales of automotive fuel went on increasing (+1.9% after +2.9%). Sales of non-food products recovered significantly (+3.2% after –0.6%), while those of food products went on slowing (–0.3% after –0.2%).

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 %
Apr/ Mar Mar/ Feb. q-o-q (1) y-o-y (1)
Turnover 0,8 –0,2 –0,5 –0,8
Including
Sales of food products –0,3 –0,2 –0,6 0,5
Sales of non-food products 3,2 –0,6 3,0 1,1
Sales of automotive fuel 1,9 2,9 –3,3 –8,2
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months / previous three months.
  • Source: INSEE - Monthly survey on large scale food retailing (Emagsa)