In November 2015, the sales volume decreased in retail trade and in accommodation and food service activitiesSales volume in the retail trade and personal services - November 2015

In November 2015, the sales volume declined in retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles (–0.7%) and in accommodation and food service activities (–1.5%). On the other hand, it recovered in trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+0.6%) and in household services (+1.0%).

Except for indices from Emagsa survey, every index in this issue is in volume (tax excluded) and 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 sales volume declined in retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles (−0.7%) and in accommodation and food service activities (−1.5%). On the other hand, it recovered in trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+0.6%) and in household services (+1.0%).

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

  • Source: INSEE

Third-month-in-a-row decrease in retail trade

In November 2015, the sales volume went on declining in retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles (−0.7% after −0.5% in October and −0.2% in September). According to early estimates, it should recover in December (+1.4%).

The sales volume fell everywhere, in specialised stores (−0.8%) as well as in non specialised stores (−0.3%) and not in stores (−1.0%). In specialised stores, the sales volume decreased above all in the retail sale of other goods (pharmacy, clothings, etc.: −1.1%) and in retail sale of other household equipment (−1.9%).

However, it improved in retail sale of automotive fuel (+1.3%).

The sales volume in retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles decreased over the last three months (−0.5%, q-o-q) while it increased year-on-year (+2.7%).

Tab1_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 Nov./ Oct. Oct./ Sept. q-o-q (1) y-o-y (2)
47 Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 –0.7 –0.5 –0.5 2.7
471 Retail sale in non-specialized stores 369 –0.3 –0.5 –0.9 1.6
472 to 477 Retail sale in specialized stores 573 –0.8 –0.6 –0.4 3.3
478 and 479 Retail trade not in stores 58 –1.0 0.7 0.2 2.1
45 Trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 0.6 –1.2 0.6 5.0
I Accommodation and food service activities 1000 –1.5 0.4 –1.8 –2.9
R+S Household services 1000 1.0 –0.4 –0.3 –0.2
R Arts, entertainment and recreation 449 2.7 –1.5 0.1 0.0
S Other service activities 551 –0.4 0.4 –0.7 –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 – Variation of sales volume in the retail trade : early estimate*

SA-WDA volume, Base year 2010
Variation of sales volume in the retail trade : early estimate*
Change in %
Dec. 2015/ Nov. 2015 Dec. 2015/ Dec. 2014
47 Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1.4 2.3
  • * Econometric estimate from a set of sources available within 30 days after the end of the reference month
  • Source: INSEE

Rebound in trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles

In November, the sales volume in retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles recovered (+0.6%) thanks to the bounce in sale of motor vehicles (+1.1% after −1.8% in October), the other sectors declining.

The sales volume of the whole sector rose over the last three months (+0.6%) and more sharply year-on-year (+5.0%).

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 Nov. 2015 Nov./Oct. Oct./Sept. q-o-q (1)
47 Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 107.4 –0.7 –0.5 –0.5
471 Non-specialised stores 369 100.3 –0.3 –0.5 –0.9
472 to 477 Specialised stores 573 112.1 –0.8 –0.6 –0.4
472 Retail sale of food, beverages and tobacco in specialised stores 49 103.8 –0.3 –0.5 –0.5
473 Retail sale of automotive fuel 78 99.5 1.3 –0.1 2.4
474 Retail sale of information and communication equipment 28 157.4 –1.2 –0.1 0.7
475 Retail sale of other household equipment 112 101.2 –1.9 0.1 –0.5
476 Retail sale of cultural and recreation goods 48 105.2 –0.4 0.6 –0.3
477 Retail sale of other goods in specialised stores 258 118.7 –1.1 –1.2 –1.1
478 et 479 Retail trade not in stores 58 105.8 –1.0 0.7 0.2
45 Wholesale and retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 100.3 0.6 –1.2 0.6
451 Sale of motor vehicles 671 101.1 1.1 –1.8 1.2
452 Maintenance and repair of motor vehicles 78 89.1 –0.4 –0.9 –1.7
453 Sale of motor vehicle parts and accessories 227 103.3 –0.5 0.2 –0.2
454 Sale, maintenance and repair of motorcycles and related parts and accessories 24 85.8 –1.1 0.5 –2.0
I Accommodation and food service activities 1000 90.0 –1.5 0.4 –1.8
55 Accommodation 255 93.8 –0.5 –1.1 –1.1
56 Food and beverage service activities 745 88.7 –1.8 0.9 –2.0
561 Restaurants… 549 86.9 –2.6 1.3 –2.2
562 Event catering… 116 100.8 0.6 0.1 –1.0
563 Beverage serving activities 80 82.7 –0.4 –0.8 –2.4
R+S Household services 1000 97.5 1.0 –0.4 –0.3
R Arts, entertainment and recreation 449 97.9 2.7 –1.5 0.1
90 Creative, arts and entertainment activities 115 94.3 –0.4 –2.2 –0.2
91 Libraries, archives, museums… 11 108.0 –4.0 1.9 –0.9
92 Gambling and betting activities 119 111.5 8.7 –2.8 6.0
93 Sports activities and amusement... 204 91.4 1.0 –0.4 –3.3
S Other service activities 551 97.3 –0.4 0.4 –0.7
95 Repair of computers… 228 96.9 –1.1 1.1 –0.3
96 Other personal service activities 323 97.5 0.2 –0.1 –0.9
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months / previous three months.
  • Source: INSEE

Sharp downturn in accommodation and food service activities

The sales volume in accommodation and food service activities slipped back clearly in November (−1.5% after +0.4% in October) , due notably to the fears caused by the deadly terror attacks on 13 November in Paris and in Saint-Denis. The decline concerned mainly restaurants and fast food services (−2.6% after +1.3%) and accommodation (−0.5% after −1.1%). However, event catering and other food services increased moderately (+0.6%).

The sales volume of the whole sector decreased quarter-on-quarter (−1.8%) and year-on-year (−2.9%).

Upturn in household services

In November, the sales volume in household services recovered (+1.0%) after a decline for two months in a row (−0.4% in October and −1.1% in September). It improved mainly in gambling and betting activities (+8.7%) and in sports activities and amusement (+1.0%). But the decrease in repair of computers (−1.1% ) reduced the recovery of the whole sector.

The sales volume in household services decreased slightly quarter-on-quarter (−0.3%) and year-on-year (−0.2%).

Revisions

The variation of the sales volume for October 2015 has been raised by 0.2 points in accommodation and food service activities. It was unchanged in the other sectors.

Monthly survey on large-scale food retailing in December 2015

In December 2015, the turnover in large-scale food retailing picked up significantly (+2.0% after −1.1% in November). Sales of automotive fuel accelerated (+2.8% after +0.3%). Sales of food products rebounded (+1.6% after −0.6%). On the contrary, sales of non-food products dropped again (−2.2% after −2.5%).

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 %
Dec./ Nov. Nov./ Oct. q-o-q (1) y-o-y (1)
Turnover 2.0 –1.1 –1.0 –0.9
Including
Sales of food products 1.6 –0.6 –0.5 1.3
Sales of non-food products –2.2 –2.5 –3.7 –3.3
Sales of automotive fuel 2.8 0.3 –1.3 –10.2
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months / previous three months.
  • Source: INSEE - Monthly survey on large scale food retailing (Emagsa)