In November 2015, the turnover improved in the wholesale trade and in business servicesTurnover in the wholesale trade and business services - November 2015

In November 2015, the turnover recovered slightly in the wholesale trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles (+0.2% after –0,8%). It rose again in business support activities (+1.3%), in transportation and storage (+0.8%), in information and communication (+0.6%) as well as in real estate activities (+0.2%).

Every index in this issue is in value (tax excluded), seasonally and working day adjusted (SA-WDA). The commentary shows variations of subsections by decreasing contribution. The contribution of a subsection depends on the extent of the change and on its weight.

In November 2015, the turnover recovered slightly in the wholesale trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles (+0.2% after −0,8%). It rose again in business support activities (+1.3%), in transportation and storage (+0.8%), in information and communication (+0.6%) as well as in real estate activities (+0.2%).

Graph1_anglais – Wholesale trade and business services

  • Source: INSEE

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

In November 2015, the turnover of the wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles increased modestly (+0.2% after −0.8% in October). This slight rebound has driven up by wholesalers of food, beverages and tobacco (+2.3%), and those on a fee or contract basis (+0.9%). By contrast, the turnover decreased in other specialised wholesale (−1.5%) and in the wholesale of household goods (−0.9%).

The turnover of the wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles decreased over the last three months (−1.1%) and over the year (−0.3%).

Further increase in transportation and storage

In November, the turnover of transportation and storage rose again (+0.8% after +1.1% in October). It increased markedly in land transport and transport via pipelines (+2.8%) and in postal and courier activities (+4.0%). By contrast, it declined in warehousing and support activities for transportation (−1.2%), in air transport (−1.8%) and water transport (−0.3%).

The turnover of transportation and storage was stable over the last three months and virtually stable over the year (+0.1%).

More moderate rise in real estate activities

In November, the turnover of real estate activities continued to grow, though at a more moderate pace (+0.2% after 0.7% in October and +1.0% in September). It rose over the last three months (+1.2%) and over the year (+3.4%).

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 Nov./Oct. Oct./Sept. q-o-q (1) y-o-y (2)
46 Wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 0.2 –0.8 –1.1 –0.3
H Transportation and storage 1000 0.8 1.1 0.0 0,1
J Information and communication 1000 0.6 0.5 0.4 3.6
L Real estate activities 1000 0.2 0.7 1.2 3.4
M+N Business support activities 1000 1.3 1.2 0.0 1.5
M Professional, scientific and technical activities 579 1.2 1.8 –0.3 1.9
N Administrative and support service activities 421 1.4 0.3 0.5 1.1
  • (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

Further increase in information and communication

The turnover in information and communication expanded again in November (+0.6% after +0.5% in October). It increased notably in computer programming, consultancy and related activities (+1.9%), in programming and broadcasting activities (+0.7%) and in information service activities (+0.7%). On the contrary, the turnover decreased for the third consecutive month in telecommunications (−0.3%).

The turnover in information and communication increased over the last three months (+0.4%) and year-on-year (+3.6%).

Second month in a raw of strong growth in business support activities

In November, the turnover of business support activities increased again significantly (+1.3% after +1.2%). Within professional, scientific and technical activities (+1.2%), the rise was mainly driven up by legal and accounting activities (+2.7%), architectural and engineering activities (+1.6%) and to a lesser extent by activities of head offices (+0.6%). The turnover grew also in administrative and support service activities (+1.4%): in particular it rebounded significantly in employment activities (+6.8% after −0.8%) and recovered in services to buildings and landscape activities (+1.4% after −0.9%).

The turnover in business support activities was stable over the last three months and went up over the year (+1.5%).

Revisions

The variation of turnover for October 2015 has been lowered by 0.3 points in the wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and by 0.1 points in real estate activities. That same month, the variation has been revised upwards by +0.3 points in business support activities, by 0.2 points in transportation and storage and by 0.1 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 Nov. 2015 Nov./Oct. Oct./ Sept. q-o-q (1)
46 Wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 109.0 0.2 –0.8 –1.1
461 Wholesale on a fee or contract basis 152 117.1 0.9 –0.4 –1.0
462 Wholesale of agricultural raw materials and live animals 54 112.3 0.0 –3.9 –6.4
463 Wholesale of food, beverages and tobacco 170 113.8 2.3 –1.7 –1.0
464 Wholesale of household goods 207 107.8 –0.9 0.6 0.1
465 Wholesale of information and communication equipment 61 102.1 –0.4 –1.6 0.3
466 Wholesale of other machinery, equipment and supplies 125 115.7 0.5 0.3 1.0
467 Other specialised wholesale 197 96.2 –1.5 –1.2 –2.4
469 Non specialised wholesale trade 34 113.4 1.4 –0.5 –1.7
H Transportation and storage 1000 109.4 0.8 1.1 0.0
49 Land transport and transport via pipelines 407 110.1 2.8 0.6 –0.7
50 Water transport 73 119.9 –0.3 –4.8 2.1
51 Air transport 91 100.7 –1.8 0.0 –2.9
52 Warehousing and support activities for transportation 360 110.3 –1.2 3.7 1.1
53 Postal and courier activities 69 101.2 4.0 –1.3 –1.1
J Information and communication 1000 107.3 0.6 0.5 0.4
58 Publishing activities 158 107.5 0.2 0.6 0.8
59 Motion picture, video and television programme production… 76 108.4 0.0 2.1 1.5
60 Programming and broadcasting activities 61 105.8 0.7 0.4 –1.5
61 Telecommunications 396 95.3 –0.3 –0.7 –1.3
62 Computer programming, consultancy and related activities 251 124.7 1.9 1.0 2.6
63 Information service activities 58 113.7 0.7 2.4 –0.3
L Real estate activities 1000 105.8 0.2 0.7 1.2
681 Buying and selling of own real estate 96 82.3 –1.6 1.5 2.2
682 Renting and operating of own or leased real estate 691 107.2 0.5 –0.6 –0.3
683 Real estate activities on a fee or contract basis 213 111.7 0.0 4.4 6.0
M+N Business support activities 1000 115.2 1.3 1.2 0.0
M Professional, scientific and technical activities 579 115.8 1.2 1.8 –0.3
69 Legal and accounting activities 90 113.9 2.7 –0.9 2.4
70 Activities of head offices… 219 122.8 0.6 3.1 0.0
71 Architectural and engineering activities… 151 113.1 1.6 2.9 –2.9
72 Scientific research and development 26 106.6 –1.4 –0.6 0.6
73 Advertising and market research 68 105.1 1.4 0.2 0.8
74 Other professional, scientific and technical activities 19 116.6 1.4 0.4 –0.6
75 Veterinary activities 6 116.9 0.3 –0.4 –0.6
N Administrative and support service activities 421 114.3 1.4 0.3 0.5
77 Rental and leasing activities 98 112.1 0.6 0.8 0.1
78 Employment activities 80 117.2 6.8 –0.8 0.3
79 Travel agency, tour operator… 42 107.0 –1.3 0.0 2.3
80 Security and investigation activities 21 116.7 1.8 –1.0 0.0
81 Services to buildings and landscape activities 50 112.5 1.4 –0.9 0.4
82 Office administrative, office support and other business support activities 131 116.8 –0.3 1.2 0.4
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months / previous three months.
  • Source: INSEE