In January 2016, the sales volume increased in overall retail trade and in household servicesSales volume in the retail trade and personal services - January 2016

In January 2016, the sales volume bounced back significantly in trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+4.6%). It increased again in retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+1.0%), in household services (+1.0%) and very slightly in accommodation and food service activities (+0.2%).

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In January 2016, the sales volume bounced back significantly in trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+4.6%). It increased again in retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+1.0%), in household services (+1.0%) and very slightly in accommodation and food service activities (+0.2%).

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

  • Source: INSEE

Further increase in retail trade

In January 2016, the sales volume went on growing in retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+1.0% after +1.1% in December). According to early estimates, it should increase again in February (+0.6%).

The rise in January due to not in stores retail trade (+2.7%) and specialised stores (+1.3%) while sales volume was virtually stable in non specialised stores. Within the specialised stores, as in December, the increase was driven mainly by the retail sale of other household equipment (home appliance, furniture, etc.: +3.2%) and by the retail sale of other goods (clothings, perfumes, etc.: +0.8%).

The sales volume in retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles increased slightly quarter-on-quarter (+0.3%) and sharply year on year (+3.2%).

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 Jan./ Dec. Dec./ Nov. q-o-q (1) y-o-y (2)
47 Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 1.0 1.1 0.3 3.2
471 Retail sale in non-specialized stores 370 0.1 0.2 –0.5 1.6
472 to 477 Retail sale in specialized stores 572 1.3 1.7 0.7 4.2
478 and 479 Retail trade not in stores 58 2.7 0.1 1.4 3.4
45 Trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 4.6 –2.1 0.8 5.3
I Accommodation and food service activities 1000 0.2 1.5 0.7 2.9
R+S Household services 1000 1.0 2.1 2.1 4.6
R Arts, entertainment and recreation 422 3.2 1.2 4.6 6.9
S Other service activities 578 –0.7 2.8 0.3 2.9
  • (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 %
Feb. 2016/ Jan. 2016 Feb. 2016/ Feb. 2015
47 Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 0.6 4.0
  • * Econometric estimate from a set of sources available within 30 days after the end of the reference month
  • Source: INSEE

Strong rebound in trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles

In January, the sales volume in retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles bounced back strongly (+4.6% after −2.1% in December). This rebound was driven by sale of motor vehicles (+4.2%) and sale of motor vehicle parts and accessories (+6.7%).

The sales volume of the whole sector improved over the last three months (+0.8%) and strongly year-on-year (+5.3%).

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 Jan. 2016 Jan./ Dec. Dec./Nov. q-o-q (1)
47 Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 116,6 1.0 1.1 0.3
471 Non-specialised stores 370 109,2 0.1 0.2 –0.5
472 to 477 Specialised stores 572 121,0 1.3 1.7 0.7
472 Retail sale of food, beverages and tobacco in specialised stores 48 128,6 0.5 1.9 1.8
473 Retail sale of automotive fuel 77 100,4 1.1 2.1 3.5
474 Retail sale of information and communication equipment 28 176,9 1.7 0.0 2.3
475 Retail sale of other household equipment 113 106,6 3.2 1.9 1.4
476 Retail sale of cultural and recreation goods 48 106,2 0.9 0.6 –0.7
477 Retail sale of other goods in specialised stores 259 128,6 0.8 1.9 –0.3
478 et 479 Retail trade not in stores 58 120,5 2.7 0.1 1.4
45 Wholesale and retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 111,6 4.6 –2.1 0.8
451 Sale of motor vehicles 671 107,7 4.2 –0.7 2.0
452 Maintenance and repair of motor vehicles 78 103,6 2.2 0.4 0.5
453 Sale of motor vehicle parts and accessories 227 128,4 6.7 –6.6 –2.0
454 Sale, maintenance and repair of motorcycles and related parts and accessories 24 89,0 –1.7 3.8 2.9
I Accommodation and food service activities 1000 110,2 0.2 1.5 0.7
55 Accommodation 239 103,2 0.9 –0.1 –1.5
56 Food and beverage service activities 761 112,4 0.0 2.0 1.4
561 Restaurants… 560 113,7 0.2 2.6 1.3
562 Event catering… 119 102,0 –1.2 –1.6 0.1
563 Beverage serving activities 82 118,8 –0.1 2.8 3.4
R+S Household services 1000 111,9 1.0 2.1 2.1
R Arts, entertainment and recreation 422 117,6 3.2 1.2 4.6
90 Creative, arts and entertainment activities 116 106,9 4.1 –4.6 –1.1
91 Libraries, archives, museums… 10 128,0 –6.0 9.7 3.7
92 Gambling and betting activities 106 111,3 –2.7 –2.2 6.1
93 Sports activities and amusement... 190 127,1 6.4 6.0 7.1
S Other service activities 578 107,8 –0.7 2.8 0.3
95 Repair of computers… 206 91,6 –1.1 5.7 –3.5
96 Other personal service activities 372 116,7 –0.5 1.5 2.1
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months / previous three months.
  • Source: INSEE

Slight increase in accommodation, and food service activities

The sales volume in accommodation and food service activities slowed sharply in January (+0.2% after +1.5% in December). It recovered in accommodation (+0.9% after −0.1%) while it levelled off in food and beverage service (0.0% after +2.0% in December).

The sales volume of the whole sector increased quarter-on-quarter (+0.7%) and year-on-year (+2.9%).

Further increase in household services

In January, the sales volume in household services went on improving, albeit at a slower pace (+1.0% after +2.1%). Sports activities and amusement (+6.4%) and creative, arts and entertainment activities contribued considerably to this growth. Conversely, sales volume decreased again in gambling and betting activities (−2.7%) and fell back in repair of computers (−1.1%) and in other personal service activities (−0.5%).

The sales volume in household services rose over the last three months (+2.1%) and year-on-year (+4.6%).

Revisions: all series recalculated according a new methodology

Revisions are larger than usual. They are due to the change of methodology (see warning). Thus, the variation of the sales volume for December 2015 has been raised by 0.7 points in accommodation and food service activities and by 1.5 points in household services. On the contrary, it has been lowered by 0.2 points in retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles, and by 1.3 points in retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles

In February, turnover in large-scale food retailing recovered

In February 2016, the turnover in large-scale food retailing rebounded (+1.2% after −0.7% in January). The rise was general whatever the products: food (+1.1%), non-food (+1.7%) and automotive fuel (+1.6%).

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 %
Feb. 16/ Jan. 16 Jan./ Dec. q-o-q (1) y-o-y (1)
Turnover 1.2 –0.7 1.1 0.2
Including
Sales of food products 1.1 –1.0 0.7 1.7
Sales of non-food products 1.7 3.5 –0.6 –1.8
Sales of automotive fuel 1.6 –2.5 0.5 –7.7
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months / previous three months.
  • Source: INSEE - Monthly survey on large scale food retailing (Emagsa)