In February 2016, the sales volume soared in household services but decreased in trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcyclesSales volume in the retail trade and personal services - February 2016

In February 2016, the sales volume soared in household services (+11.7% after +1.1% in January). It increased slightly in retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+0.3%) and more sustainedly in accommodation and food service activities (+1.4%). On the contrary, it fell back in trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (-1.4%).

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In February 2016, the sales volume soared in household services (+11.7% after +1.1% in January). It increased slightly in retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+0.3%) and more sustainedly in accommodation and food service activities (+1.4%). On the contrary, it fell back in trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (−1.4%).

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

  • Source: INSEE

Slight increase in retail trade

In January 2016, the sales volume grew slightly in retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+0.3% after +1.0% in January). According to early estimates, it should decline in March (−0.7%).

While the sales volume increased in non specialised stores (+0.9%), it was virtually stable in specialised stores (−0.1%): rose in retail sale of automotive fuel (+1.1%) and in retail sale of food, beverages and tobacco (+1.4%) on one side and decreased in retail sale of other goods (clothings, perfumes, etc: −0.6%) and in the retail sale of other household equipment (home appliance, furniture, etc: −0.5%) on the other side.

The sales volume in retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles increased quarter-on-quarter (+1.6%) and sharply year on year (+3.8%).

Tab1_anglais – Sales volume in the retail trade and personal services

SA-WDA volume, Base year 2010
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 0.3 1.0 1.6 3.8
471 Retail sale in non-specialized stores 370 0.9 0.0 0.6 1.8
472 to 477 Retail sale in specialized stores 572 –0.1 1.5 2.1 4.9
478 and 479 Retail trade not in stores 58 0.9 1.4 2.0 4.3
45 Trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 –1.4 5.1 1.2 5.5
I Accommodation and food service activities 1000 1.4 0.3 2.3 4.0
R+S Household services 1000 11.7 1.1 7.6 9.2
R Arts, entertainment and recreation 422 26.1 3.7 15.3 17.8
S Other service activities 578 0.1 –0.9 1.7 2.7
  • (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 – Sales volume in the retail trade: early estimate*

SA-WDA volume, Base year 2010
Sales volume in the retail trade: early estimate*
Change in %
Mar 2016/ Feb. 2016 Mar 2016/ Mar 2015
47 Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles –0.7 3.9
  • * Econometric estimate from a set of sources available within 30 days after the end of the reference month
  • Source: INSEE

Decrease in trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles

The sales volume in retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles declined in February (−1.4% after +5.1% in January) and this downturn affected mainly the sale of motor vehicles (−1.4% after +4.3%) and the sale of motor vehicle parts and accessories (−2.4% after +8.3%). However, the sales volume improved significantly in sale, maintenance and repair of motorcycles and related parts and accessories (+9.2%)

The sales volume of the whole sector grew over the last three months (+1.2%) and strongly year-on-year (+5.5%).

Tab2_anglais – Sales volume in the retail trade and personal services

SA-WDA volume, Base year 2010
Sales volume in the retail trade and personal services
Change in %
Nace Classification Weight Feb. 2016 Feb./ Jan. Jan./Dec. q-o-q (1)
47 Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 117.1 0.3 1.0 1.6
471 Non-specialised stores 370 110.3 0.9 0.0 0.6
472 to 477 Specialised stores 572 121.1 –0.1 1.5 2.1
472 Retail sale of food, beverages and tobacco in specialised stores 48 130.8 1.4 0.6 3.1
473 Retail sale of automotive fuel 77 101.1 1.1 0.9 3.8
474 Retail sale of information and communication equipment 28 176.9 –0.1 1.9 1.2
475 Retail sale of other household equipment 113 105.8 –0.5 2.7 3.1
476 Retail sale of cultural and recreation goods 48 106.6 0.0 1.2 0.9
477 Retail sale of other goods in specialised stores 259 128.6 –0.6 1.4 1.6
478 et 479 Retail trade not in stores 58 120.3 0.9 1.4 2.0
45 Wholesale and retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 110.7 –1.4 5.1 1.2
451 Sale of motor vehicles 671 106.3 –1.4 4.3 2.2
452 Maintenance and repair of motor vehicles 78 103.5 –0.3 2.3 1.8
453 Sale of motor vehicle parts and accessories 227 127.2 –2.4 8.3 –1.8
454 Sale, maintenance and repair of motorcycles and related parts and accessories 24 98.5 9.2 –0.5 8.3
I Accommodation and food service activities 1000 112.1 1.4 0.3 2.3
55 Accommodation 239 105.4 2.0 1.3 0.3
56 Food and beverage service activities 761 114.2 1.3 0.0 2.9
561 Restaurants… 560 114.5 0.5 0.3 3.1
562 Event catering… 119 107.8 5.6 –1.7 1.1
563 Beverage serving activities 82 120.9 1.1 0.4 4.4
R+S Household services 1000 125.3 11.7 1.1 7.6
R Arts, entertainment and recreation 422 149.2 26.1 3.7 15.3
90 Creative, arts and entertainment activities 116 113.3 5.0 4.8 0.2
91 Libraries, archives, museums… 10 128.4 0.7 –4.9 4.8
92 Gambling and betting activities 106 113.1 1.4 –2.7 2.6
93 Sports activities and amusement... 190 192.5 50.3 7.1 32.0
S Other service activities 578 107.7 0.1 –0.9 1.7
95 Repair of computers… 206 90.9 –0.4 –1.8 0.5
96 Other personal service activities 372 117.1 0.3 –0.5 2.3
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months / previous three months.
  • Source: INSEE

Increase in accommodation, and food service activities

The sales volume in accommodation and food service activities rose in February (+1.4% after +0.3% in January). The increase affected all the sector whether it was accommodation (+2.0%) or food and beverage service activities (+1.3%), mainly event catering and other food services (+5.6%).

The sales volume of the whole sector increased sharply quarter-on-quarter (+2.3%) and year-on-year (+4.0%).

Big jump in household services

In February, the sales volume in household services soared (+11.7%). The strong increase was driven up by sports activities and amusement (+50.3%) due to sales of UEFA EURO 2016 tickets and also by creative, arts and entertainment activities (+5.0%).

The sales volume in household services rose significantly over the last three months (+7.6%) and year-on-year (+9.2%).

Revisions

The change of the sales volume for January 2016 has been raised by 0.5 points in retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles, from +4.6% to +5.1%. Also, the variation in accommodation and food service activities and in household services has been raised by 0.1 points. It was unchanged in retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles.

In March, turnover in large-scale food retailing declined

In March 2016, the turnover in large-scale food retailing declined (−1.3% after +1.7% in February). The fall was stronger for sales of food products (−1.7%) than for the sales of non-food products (–0.5%). Sales of automotive fuel stalled (−0.1%).

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 16/ Feb. 16 Feb./Jan. q-o-q (1) y-o-y (1)
Turnover –1.3 1.7 1.0 0.3
Including
Sales of food products –1.7 1.5 0.2 1.5
Sales of non-food products –0.5 1.9 2.8 –0.3
Sales of automotive fuel –0.1 1.6 –0.6 –8.1
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months / previous three months.
  • Source: INSEE - Monthly survey on large scale food retailing (Emagsa)