In January 2016, the turnover declined in the wholesale, in business support activities services and in real estateTurnover in the wholesale trade and business services - January 2016

In January 2016, the turnover decreased in the wholesale trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles (-0.3%), in business support activities (-0.4%), and in real estate activities (-1.4%). By contrast, It rose in information and communication (+0.5%) and in transportation and storage (+0.3%).

Warning: From this release, the turnover index series are produced according to a new process that improves their quality. The series have been recalculated over the period 1999-2015. Further information concerning these changes is available on the Web page of this index.

In January 2016, the turnover decreased in the wholesale trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles (−0.3%), in business support activities (−0.4%), and in real estate activities (−1.4%). By contrast, It rose in information and communication (+0.5%) and in transportation and storage (+0.3%).

Graph1_anglais – Wholesale trade and business services

  • Source: INSEE

Slight downturn in the wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles

In January 2016, the turnover of the wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles fell back modestly (−0.3% après +0.4%). It decreased in particular for wholesalers of on a fee or contract basis (−1.6%), of other specialised wholesale (−0.9%) and those of information and communication equipment (−1.4%). However it rose in wholesale of other machinery, equipment and supplies (+0.8%) and in the wholesale of agricultural raw materials and live animals (+1.4%).

The turnover of the wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles increased over the last three months (+0.3%) and over the year (+0.7%).

Further decline in real estate activities

The turnover of real estate activities decreased again (−1,4% after −3,0% in December). It rose over the last three months (+1.1%) and over the year (+7.1%).

Slight rise in transportation and storage

In January, the turnover of transportation and storage rebounded slightly (+0.3% after −0.5%), driven by land transport (+1.6%) and air transport (+3.2%). By contrast, it declined particularly in water transport (−5.3%).

The turnover of transportation and storage declined slightly over the last three months (−0.2%) but increased over the year (+1.3%).

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 Jan./Dec. Dec./Nov. q-o-q (1) y-o-y (2)
46 Wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 –0.3 0.4 0.3 0.7
H Transportation and storage 1000 0.3 –0.5 –0.2 1.3
J Information and communication 1000 0.5 0.4 1.9 5.3
L Real estate activities 1000 –1.4 –3.0 1.1 7.1
M+N Business support activities 1000 –0.4 0.3 1.6 6.5
M Professional, scientific and technical activities 585 0.1 0.7 1.9 8.0
N Administrative and support service activities 415 –1.0 –0.2 1.3 4.6
  • (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-month-in-a-row growth in information and communication

The turnover in information and communication expanded again in January (+0.5% after +0.7% on average over the previous three months). The rise in January was driven up by the strong rebound of programming and broadcasting activities (+7.4% after −0,9%) and to a lesser extent by publishing activities (+2.3% after −2,0%). On the contrary. the turnover decreased in telecommunications (−0.5%) and in motion picture. video and television programme production (−1.8%). The turnover in information and communication increased sharply over the last three months (+1.9%) and year-on-year (+5.3%).

Downturn in business support activities

In January, the turnover of business support activities dropped (−0.4%) after two months of increase (+0.3% in December and +2.0% in November). The decline affected administrative and support service activities (−1.0%) especially office administrative, office support and other business support activities (−2.8%).

The turnover was virtually stable in professional, scientific and technical activities and accounting activities (+0.1%). It rose in activities of head offices (+1.1%) and in other professional, scientific and technical activities (+6.5%). On the contrary, it inched down in all other sub-sectors, in particular in advertising and market research (−3.9%).

The turnover in business support activities went up over the last three months (+1.6 %) and over the year (+6.5%).

Revisions: all series recalculated according to the new methodology

The revisions are more important than usual. They are due to the changes in the methodology (see warning). Thus, for the month of December 2015, the variation has been revised upwards by 0.7 points in transportation and storage, by 0.6 points in business support activities and by 0.3 points in the wholesale trade. except of motor vehicles. The variation has been lowered by 3;4 points in real estate activities and 0.7 points in information and communication.

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 Jan. 2016 Jan./Dec. Dec./Nov. q-o-q (1)
46 Wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 107.3 –0.3 0.4 0.3
461 Wholesale on a fee or contract basis 151 115.0 –1.6 –0.3 –0.6
462 Wholesale of agricultural raw materials and live animals 55 116.7 1.4 –0.1 0.8
463 Wholesale of food, beverages and tobacco 173 111.2 0.3 –1.2 0.3
464 Wholesale of household goods 208 106.7 –0.1 2.2 1.1
465 Wholesale of information and communication equipment 61 101.4 –1.4 0.5 2.1
466 Wholesale of other machinery, equipment and supplies 126 112.6 0.8 –0.1 1.5
467 Other specialised wholesale 198 91.1 –0.9 1.0 –1.7
469 Non specialised wholesale trade 28 128.6 0.1 0.2 1.6
H Transportation and storage 1000 113.4 0.3 –0.5 –0.2
49 Land transport and transport via pipelines 410 116.3 1.6 –2.3 0.9
50 Water transport 69 128.6 –5.3 0.9 –5.7
51 Air transport 89 99.9 3.2 –0.9 –4.7
52 Warehousing and support activities for transportation 366 113.9 –0.2 1.1 0.7
53 Postal and courier activities 66 94.9 –2.3 0.6 0.8
J Information and communication 1000 115.0 0.5 0.4 1.9
58 Publishing activities 153 106.7 2.3 –2.0 1.0
59 Motion picture, video and television programme production… 73 107.9 –1.8 0.5 –0.5
60 Programming and broadcasting activities 60 115.7 7.4 –0.9 0.8
61 Telecommunications 399 108.9 –0.5 2.1 2.5
62 Computer programming, consultancy and related activities 261 127.7 0.3 –0.4 2.5
63 Information service activities 54 130.0 0.3 0.8 1.9
L Real estate activities 1000 111.2 –1.4 –3.0 1.1
681 Buying and selling of own real estate 82 119.7 4.2 –3.4 –4.4
682 Renting and operating of own or leased real estate 734 109.9 –3.3 –2.3 2.1
683 Real estate activities on a fee or contract basis 184 112.6 3.5 –5.5 0.0
M+N Business support activities 1000 123.0 –0.4 0.3 1.6
M Professional, scientific and technical activities 585 121.8 0.1 0.7 1.9
69 Legal and accounting activities 90 116.5 –0.6 0.1 1.4
70 Activities of head offices… 241 127.7 1.1 0.8 2.9
71 Architectural and engineering activities… 142 119.3 –0.5 1.5 1.7
72 Scientific research and development 24 107.5 –2.7 2.7 –4.3
73 Advertising and market research 63 106.0 –3.9 0.7 1.4
74 Other professional, scientific and technical activities 19 157.4 6.5 –5.2 1.5
75 Veterinary activities 6 126.6 –0.2 1.6 1.1
N Administrative and support service activities 415 124.7 –1.0 –0.2 1.3
77 Rental and leasing activities 120 118.3 –0.2 0.1 –0.3
78 Employment activities 74 127.1 0.0 –6.5 4.5
79 Travel agency, tour operator… 35 118.9 –0.2 –2.0 –1.5
80 Security and investigation activities 20 127.1 0.6 –2.0 2.2
81 Services to buildings and landscape activities 48 121.4 –0.4 –1.3 1.9
82 Office administrative, office support and other business support activities 118 132.2 –2.8 4.7 1.3
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months / previous three months.
  • Source: INSEE