In December 2015, the sales volume bounced back in retail tradeSales volume in the retail trade and personal services - December 2015

In December 2015, the sales volume bounced back in retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+1.3%) and in accommodation and food service activities (+0.8%). It grew again in household services (+0.6%). Conversely, it fell in trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (-0.8%).

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In December 2015, the sales volume bounced back in retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+1.3%) and in accommodation and food service activities (+0.8%). It grew again in household services (+0.6%). Conversely, it fell in trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (−0.8%).

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

  • Source: INSEE

Rebound in retail trade

In December 2015, the sales volume recovered significantly in retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+1.3% after −0.6% in November). According to early estimates, it should be virtually stable in January (+0.1%).

The sales volume rebounded in all forms of retailing: specialised stores (+1.6%), as well as non specialised stores (+0.9%) or not in stores (+1.0%). Within specialised stores, this acceleration was mainly due to the retail sale of other goods (pharmacy, clothings, etc.: +1.8% after –1.0% in November) and the retail sale of other household equipment (hardware, paints ; furniture : +2.7% after –1.7% in November).

The sales volume in retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles decreased over the fourth quarter compared to the third quarter of 2015 (−0.4%, q-o-q). However, while it increased compared to the last quarter of 2014 (+2.2%).

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 Dec./ Nov. Nov./ Oct. q-o-q (1) y-o-y (2)
47 Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 1.3 –0.6 –0.4 2.2
471 Retail sale in non-specialized stores 369 0.9 –0.2 –0.5 1.9
472 to 477 Retail sale in specialized stores 573 1.6 –0.8 –0.4 2.5
478 and 479 Retail trade not in stores 58 1.0 –0.8 0.6 1.5
45 Trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 –0.8 0.3 –0.6 3.6
I Accommodation and food service activities 1000 0.8 –1.3 –1.4 –2.3
R+S Household services 1000 0.6 0.7 –0.3 0.1
R Arts, entertainment and recreation 449 1.1 2.2 0.0 0.5
S Other service activities 551 0.2 –0.5 –0.5 –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 – Sales volume in the retail trade : early estimate*

SA-WDA volume, Base year 2010
Sales volume in the retail trade : early estimate*
Change in %
Jan. 2016/ Dec. 2015 Jan. 2016/ Jan. 2015
47 Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 0.1 2.5
  • * 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

In December, the sales volume in retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles fell back (−0.8% after +0.3%) mainly reflecting a stronger decline in sale of motor vehicle parts and accessories (−4.3% after −1.3%). However, it bounced back significantly in sale, maintenance and repair of motorcycles and related parts and accessories (+6.0%).

The sales volume of the whole sector declined over the quarter (−0.6%) while it increased year-on-year (+3.6%).

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 Dec. 2015 Dec./ Nov. Nov./Oct. q-o-q (1)
47 Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 109.0 1.3 –0.6 –0.4
471 Non-specialised stores 369 101.4 0.9 –0.2 –0.5
472 to 477 Specialised stores 573 114.0 1.6 –0.8 –0.4
472 Retail sale of food, beverages and tobacco in specialised stores 49 106.5 2.2 –0.3 0.5
473 Retail sale of automotive fuel 78 100.1 0.5 1.3 2.0
474 Retail sale of information and communication equipment 28 157.6 0.3 –1.3 –0.4
475 Retail sale of other household equipment 112 104.3 2.7 –1.7 –0.1
476 Retail sale of cultural and recreation goods 48 105.3 –0.1 –0.3 0.1
477 Retail sale of other goods in specialised stores 258 120.9 1.8 –1.0 –1.4
478 et 479 Retail trade not in stores 58 107.2 1.0 –0.8 0.6
45 Wholesale and retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 99.2 –0.8 0.3 –0.6
451 Sale of motor vehicles 671 101.0 0.1 1.0 0.1
452 Maintenance and repair of motor vehicles 78 90.0 0.5 0.0 –1.0
453 Sale of motor vehicle parts and accessories 227 97.6 –4.3 –1.3 –2.6
454 Sale, maintenance and repair of motorcycles and related parts and accessories 24 91.9 6.0 –1.4 1.7
I Accommodation and food service activities 1000 90.9 0.8 –1.3 –1.4
55 Accommodation 255 90.4 –3.7 0.3 –2.7
56 Food and beverage service activities 745 91.0 2.4 –1.8 –1.0
561 Restaurants… 549 90.0 3.0 –2.5 –1.0
562 Event catering… 116 101.0 0.5 0.2 –0.1
563 Beverage serving activities 80 83.9 1.1 –0.3 –1.8
R+S Household services 1000 97.8 0.6 0.7 –0.3
R Arts, entertainment and recreation 449 98.4 1.1 2.2 0.0
90 Creative, arts and entertainment activities 115 93.8 –0.3 –0.3 –2.1
91 Libraries, archives, museums… 11 104.8 –2.5 –4.0 –1.4
92 Gambling and betting activities 119 111.0 0.9 6.8 4.1
93 Sports activities and amusement... 204 93.2 2.2 1.0 –1.5
S Other service activities 551 97.3 0.2 –0.5 –0.5
95 Repair of computers… 228 95.8 –0.8 –1.3 –0.5
96 Other personal service activities 323 98.4 1.0 0.1 –0.6
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months / previous three months.
  • Source: INSEE

Upturn in accommodation, and food service activities

The sales volume in accommodation and food service activities recovered in December (+0.8% after −1.3% in November). It bounced back sharply in food and beverage service activities, spurred by restaurants and fast food services (+3.0% after −2.5% in November). On the contrary, the sales volume plunged in accommodation (−3.7% after +0.3% in November) due in particular to fears caused by deadly attacks on 13 November in Paris.

The sales volume of the whole sector decreased quarter-on-quarter (−1.4%) and year-on-year (−2.3%).

New increase in household services

In December, the sales volume in household services improved again (+0.6% after +0.7%). It increased mainly in sports activities and amusement (+2.2%) and in other personal service activities (hairdressing, etc.:+1.0%) As in November, it declined in repair of computers (−0.8% after −1.3%).

Over the last quarter, the sales volume in household services decreased slightly (−0.3%) and was virtually stable year-on-year (+0.1%).

Revisions

The change in the sales volume for November 2015 has been lowered by 0.3 points in retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles and in household services due to the new calculation of SA-WDA coefficients. It has been raised by 0.1 points in retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles, and by 0.2 points in accommodation and food service activities.

In January, turnover on large-scale food retailing shrank

In January 2016, the turnover in large-scale food retailing fell back (−0.7% after +2.1% in December). While sales declined for food products (−1.1% after +1.7%). and automotive fuel (−3.0% after +1.3%), sales of non-food products rebounded significantly (+3.9% after −1.8%).

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 %
Jan./ Dec. Dec./ Nov. q-o-q (1) y-o-y (1)
Turnover –0.7 2.1 –0.6 –0.8
Including
Sales of food products –1.1 1.7 –0.5 1.0
Sales of non-food products 3.9 –1.8 –3.1 –3.2
Sales of automotive fuel –3.0 1.3 –0.6 –8.4
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months / previous three months.
  • Source: INSEE - Monthly survey on large scale food retailing (Emagsa)