In February 2016, the turnover improved in transportation, and in business support activities servicesTurnover in the wholesale trade and business services - February 2016

In February 2016, the turnover expanded sharply in transportation and storage (+2.1%) as in business support activities (+2.1%). It also increased, although to a lesser extent in the wholesale trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles (+0.3%). It was virtually stable in information and communication (+0.1%). By contrast, it decreased in real estate activities (-1.5%).

Warning: Since the publication of the indexes of January, 2016 on March 31st, 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 February 2016, the turnover expanded sharply in transportation and storage (+2.1%) as in business support activities (+2.1%). It also increased, although to a lesser extent in the wholesale trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles (+0.3%). It was virtually stable in information and communication (+0.1%). By contrast, it decreased in real estate activities (−1.5%).

Graph1_anglais – Wholesale trade and business services

  • Source: INSEE

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

In February 2016, the turnover of the wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles recovered modestly (+0.3% after −0.4% in January). It rose again for wholesalers of food, beverages and tobacco (+1.8%), and of other machinery, equipment and supplies (+1.6%). Conversely it declined again in the wholesale of other specialised wholesale (−1.3%) and in the wholesale of information and communication equipment (−1.3%).

The turnover of the wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles increased over the last three months (+0.3%) and over the year (+0.9%).

Further decline in real estate activities

The turnover of real estate activities decreased again (−1.5 after −0.9% in January). It dropped considerably over the last three months (−3.3%) but rose sharply over the year (+4.7%).

Sharp rise in transportation and storage

In February, the turnover of transportation and storage surged (+2.1%) after remaining almost stable in January (+0.1%). This increase was driven particularly by land transport (+2.3%), warehousing and support activities for transportation (+2.0%), and by water transport (+4.0%).

The turnover of transportation and storage increased over the last three months (+1.0%) and over the year (+2.2%).

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 Feb./Jan. Jan./Dec. q-o-q (1) y-o-y (2)
46 Wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 0.3 –0.4 0.3 0.9
H Transportation and storage 1000 2.1 0.1 1.0 2.2
J Information and communication 1000 0.1 0.5 1.8 5.1
L Real estate activities 1000 –1.5 –0.9 –3.3 4.7
M+N Business support activities 1000 2.1 –0.2 2.2 5.8
M Professional, scientific and technical activities 585 1.3 0.4 2.5 6.3
N Administrative and support service activities 415 3.1 –1.0 1.7 5.0
  • (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

Virtual stability in information and communication

The turnover in information and communication was almost unchanged in February (+0.1%) after four months in a row of increase. It fell back strongly in programming and broadcasting activities (−5.8% after +7.2%) whereas it rose to a lesser extent in computer programming, consultancy and related activities (+1.0%) and it recovered in motion picture. video and television programme production (+2.9% after −2.2%). The turnover in information and communication increased sharply over the last three months (+1.8%) and year-on-year (+5.1%).

Rebond in business support activities

In February, the turnover of business support activities recovered significantly (+2.1% after −0.2% in January)

The rebound was mostly due to administrative and support service activities (+ 3.1% after −1.0%). All sub-sectors increased. In particular the turnover rose sharply in rental and leasing activities (+3.6%) and in employment activities (+3.9%).

The turnover also rose in professional, scientific and technical activities and accounting activities (+1.3%) especially in legal and accounting activities (+3.0%) and in architectural and engineering activities (+1.9%).

The turnover in business support activities went up over the last three months (+2.2%) and over the year (+5.8%).

Revisions:

The variation of turnover for January 2016 has been revised upwards by +0.5 points in real estate activities and by 0.2 points in business support activities. It has been lowered by 0.2 points in transportation and storage and by 0.1 points in the wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles. It remained unchanged 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 Feb. 2016 Feb./ Jan. Jan./Dec. 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 0.4 –1.8 –1.4
462 Wholesale of agricultural raw materials and live animals 55 112.2 0.8 –2.1 –0.6
463 Wholesale of food, beverages and tobacco 173 113.7 1.8 0.4 0.6
464 Wholesale of household goods 208 106.2 –0.6 0.1 1.7
465 Wholesale of information and communication equipment 61 100.1 –1.3 –1.3 0.8
466 Wholesale of other machinery, equipment and supplies 126 114.6 1.6 0.9 1.5
467 Other specialised wholesale 198 90.0 –1.3 –0.7 –1.1
469 Non specialised wholesale trade 28 130.0 1.1 0.0 1.3
H Transportation and storage 1000 115.9 2.1 0.1 1.0
49 Land transport and transport via pipelines 410 118.5 2.3 0.9 1.2
50 Water transport 69 134.4 4.0 –5.1 –1.5
51 Air transport 89 101.0 0.8 3.3 –2.1
52 Warehousing and support activities for transportation 366 116.8 2.0 0.0 2.1
53 Postal and courier activities 66 95.1 0.3 –2.1 0.1
J Information and communication 1000 115.0 0.1 0.5 1.8
58 Publishing activities 153 105.7 –0.8 2.5 0.1
59 Motion picture, video and television programme production… 73 110.6 2.9 –2.2 –0.6
60 Programming and broadcasting activities 60 108.6 –5.8 7.2 1.5
61 Telecommunications 399 108.7 –0.2 –0.6 2.5
62 Computer programming, consultancy and related activities 261 129.5 1.0 0.6 2.3
63 Information service activities 54 131.4 2.5 –1.0 3.2
L Real estate activities 1000 109.1 –1.5 –0.9 –3.3
681 Buying and selling of own real estate 82 120.9 0.7 4.7 –4.0
682 Renting and operating of own or leased real estate 734 106.3 –2.6 –2.6 –3.7
683 Real estate activities on a fee or contract basis 184 115.0 1.4 3.5 –1.5
M+N Business support activities 1000 125.8 2.1 –0.2 2.2
M Professional, scientific and technical activities 585 123.7 1.3 0.4 2.5
69 Legal and accounting activities 90 120.0 3.0 –0.9 1.6
70 Activities of head offices… 241 127.5 –0.3 2.1 3.3
71 Architectural and engineering activities… 142 122.1 1.9 –0.4 3.1
72 Scientific research and development 24 105.5 –1.5 –3.8 –3.0
73 Advertising and market research 63 109.9 3.5 –4.0 1.7
74 Other professional, scientific and technical activities 19 170.9 6.5 5.8 1.7
75 Veterinary activities 6 128.9 1.4 –0.1 2.3
N Administrative and support service activities 415 128.7 3.1 –1.0 1.7
77 Rental and leasing activities 120 123.7 3.6 0.4 1.4
78 Employment activities 74 133.3 3.9 0.0 1.6
79 Travel agency, tour operator… 35 120.8 1.6 –0.4 –1.9
80 Security and investigation activities 20 135.0 5.9 0.5 2.0
81 Services to buildings and landscape activities 48 124.2 2.0 –0.2 1.3
82 Office administrative, office support and other business support activities 118 133.9 2.5 –3.5 3.2
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months / previous three months.
  • Source: INSEE