In December 2015, the turnover declined in transportation and in business support activities but improved in information and communicationTurnover in the wholesale trade and business services - December 2015

In December 2015, the turnover fell back in transportation and storage (-1.2%) and in business support activities (-0.3%). It rose again in information and communication (+1.1%) and in real estate activities (+0.4%). It was virtually stable in the wholesale trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles (+0.1%).

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In December 2015, the turnover fell back in transportation and storage (−1.2%) and in business support activities (−0.3%). It rose again in information and communication (+1.1%) and in real estate activities (+0.4%). It was virtually stable in the wholesale trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles (+0.1%).

Graph1_anglais – Wholesale trade and business services

  • Source: INSEE

Virtual stability in the wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles

In December 2015, the turnover of the wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles was almost unchanged (+0.1%). It increased for wholesalers of information and communication equipment (+4.2%), of household goods (+0.7%), of agricultural raw materials and live animals (+1.7%). By contrast, it declined in the wholesale of food, beverages and tobacco (−1.2%), in non specialised wholesale trade (−2.5%) and in other specialised wholesale (−0.5%).

The turnover of the wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles decreased over the fourth quarter of 2015 compared to the previous quarter (−1.0%) and was virtually stable compared to the last quarter of 2014 (+0.1%).

Sharp downturn in transportation and storage

In December, the turnover of transportation and storage dropped sharply (−1.2%) after two months of increase (+0.8% in November and +1.3% in October). It went down particularly in land transport and transport via pipelines (−2.8%) and in postal and courier activities (−2.5%). However, it recovered in air transport (+1.2% after −1.6%).

The turnover of transportation and storage was up over the fourth quarter compared to the former quarter (+0.6%) but declined slightly compared to last year (−0.2%).

Tab1_anglais – Variation of the turnover in the wholesale trade and business services

SA-WDA value, Base year 2010
Variation of the turnover in the wholesale trade and business services
Change in %
Nace classification Weight Dec./Nov. Nov./Oct. q-o-q (1) y-o-y (2)
46 Wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 0.1 0.2 –1.0 0.1
H Transportation and storage 1000 –1.2 0.8 0.6 –0.2
J Information and communication 1000 1.1 0.7 0.8 4.5
L Real estate activities 1000 0.4 0.6 1.7 4.1
M+N Business support activities 1000 –0.3 1.2 1.1 2.5
M Professional, scientific and technical activities 579 –0.1 1.1 1.5 3.4
N Administrative and support service activities 421 –0.5 1.4 0.7 1.4
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months / previous three months
  • (2) Year-on-year: last three months / same three months of previous year
  • The codes correspond to different levels of aggregation of the NACE classification.
  • Source: INSEE

Four consecutive months of increase in real estate activities

In December 2015, the turnover of real estate activities continued to grow (+0.4% after 0.7% on average over the previous three months). It rose sharply over the quarter (+1.7%) and over the year (+4.1%).

Stronger increase in information and communication

The turnover in information and communication accelerated again in December (+1.1% after +0.7% in November and +0,3% in October). The rise was exclusively due to the rebound in telecommunications (+4.5% after −0.3%). Indeed the turnover decreased in the other sectors, notably in programming and broadcasting activities (−3.0%) and in information service activities (−2.0%).

The turnover in information and communication increased over the quarter (+0.8%) and year-on-year (+4.5%).

Slight fall in business support activities

In December, the turnover of business support activities edged down (−0.3%) after two months in a raw of sharp rise (+1.2% in November and +1.6% in October). Within administrative and support service activities (−0.5%), the turnover dropped principally in employment activities (−3.0%) while it increased in rental and leasing activities (+0.7%) and in travel agency, tour operator and other reservation service and related activities (+0.9%).

The turnover was virtually stable in professional, scientific and technical activities (−0.1%): it declined sharply in legal and accounting activities (−1.9%) while it increased in advertising and market research (+0.5%) and in scientific research and development (+0.9%).

The turnover in business support activities went up over the quarter (+1.1%) and over the year (+2.5%).

Revisions

The variation of turnover for November 2015 has been revised upwards by +0.4 points in real estate activities (revision due to the new calculation of the SA-WDA) and by 0.1 points in information and communication. That same month, the variation has been lowered by 0.1 points in business support activities. It remained unchanged in the wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and in transportation and storage.

Tab2_anglais – Variation of the turnover in the wholesale trade and business services

SA-WDA value, Base year 2010
Variation of the turnover in the wholesale trade and business services
Change in %
Nace Classification Weight Dec. 2015 Dec./Nov. Nov./Oct. q-o-q (1)
46 Wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 109.2 0.1 0.2 –1.0
461 Wholesale on a fee or contract basis 152 117.7 0.3 0.8 –0.2
462 Wholesale of agricultural raw materials and live animals 54 114.5 1.7 0.1 –6.7
463 Wholesale of food, beverages and tobacco 170 112.5 –1.2 2.3 –1.1
464 Wholesale of household goods 207 108.7 0.7 –0.8 0.2
465 Wholesale of information and communication equipment 61 107.6 4.2 0.0 0.8
466 Wholesale of other machinery, equipment and supplies 125 115.1 –0.3 0.4 0.6
467 Other specialised wholesale 197 95.5 –0.5 –1.7 –2.7
469 Non specialised wholesale trade 34 109.6 –2.5 1.4 –2.5
H Transportation and storage 1000 108.0 –1.2 0.8 0.6
49 Land transport and transport via pipelines 407 106.9 –2.8 2.9 0.2
50 Water transport 73 118.3 –0.8 –0.4 –0.2
51 Air transport 91 102.2 1.2 –1.6 –2.2
52 Warehousing and support activities for transportation 360 110.4 0.1 –1.3 1.9
53 Postal and courier activities 69 99.0 –2.5 3.9 0.5
J Information and communication 1000 108.5 1.1 0.7 0.8
58 Publishing activities 158 106.7 –0.5 0.3 0.1
59 Motion picture, video and television programme production… 76 108.1 –0.4 0.2 1.6
60 Programming and broadcasting activities 61 102.2 –3.0 0.5 –2.3
61 Telecommunications 396 100.0 4.5 –0.3 0.1
62 Computer programming, consultancy and related activities 251 124.1 –0.4 2.3 2.7
63 Information service activities 58 111.2 –2.0 0.7 0.5
L Real estate activities 1000 106.6 0.4 0.6 1.7
681 Buying and selling of own real estate 96 84.9 2.3 –1.6 3.9
682 Renting and operating of own or leased real estate 691 108.3 0.6 1.2 –0.1
683 Real estate activities on a fee or contract basis 213 110.9 –0.7 –0.5 6.8
M+N Business support activities 1000 115.0 –0.3 1.2 1.1
M Professional, scientific and technical activities 579 115.9 –0.1 1.1 1.5
69 Legal and accounting activities 90 111.7 –1.9 2.5 1.6
70 Activities of head offices… 219 123.5 0.1 0.7 2.5
71 Architectural and engineering activities… 151 113.2 0.1 1.4 0.1
72 Scientific research and development 26 107.9 0.9 –1.4 –0.1
73 Advertising and market research 68 105.7 0.5 1.3 2.1
74 Other professional, scientific and technical activities 19 116.3 0.0 1.1 0.1
75 Veterinary activities 6 118.9 1.3 0.4 0.6
N Administrative and support service activities 421 113.7 –0.5 1.4 0.7
77 Rental and leasing activities 98 113.1 0.7 0.6 1.3
78 Employment activities 80 113.5 –3.0 6.5 1.0
79 Travel agency, tour operator… 42 108.3 0.9 –1.3 0.7
80 Security and investigation activities 21 114.4 –1.7 1.7 –0.3
81 Services to buildings and landscape activities 50 111.8 –0.7 1.6 0.2
82 Office administrative, office support and other business support activities 131 116.6 0.1 –0.4 0.3
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months / previous three months.
  • Source: INSEE