In April 2016, the turnover fell back in wholesale trade and recovered in business support activitiesTurnover in the wholesale trade and business services - April 2016

In April 2016, the turnover dropped in wholesale trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles (-1.3%), in transportation and storage (-0.9%).and in information and communication (-1.0%). By contrast, it increased in business support activities (+0.9%) and in real estate activities (+0.8%).

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 April 2016, the turnover dropped in wholesale trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles (−1.3%), in transportation and storage (−0.9%).and in information and communication (−1.0%). By contrast, it increased in business support activities (+0.9%) and in real estate activities (+0.8%).

Graph1_anglais – Wholesale trade and business services

  • Source: INSEE

Downturn in wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles

In April 2016, the turnover of the wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles sector fell back (−1.3% after +0.5% in March). It declined in most sub-sectors of wholesale trade and particularly for wholesalers of household goods (−2.0%), wholesalers of food, beverages and tobacco (−1.9%) and for wholesalers on a fee or contract basis (−2.0%). However, it increased again for wholesalers of other machinery, equipment and supplies (+1.3% after +1.1%).

The turnover of the wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles sector was stable over the last three months (T/T−1) and grew moderatly year on year (+0.4%, T/T−4).

Further decline in transportation and storage

In April, the turnover of transportation and storage shrank again (−0.9% after −2.0% in March). It continued to decline in land transport (−2.3% after −2.5%) and it fell back sharply in postal and courier activities (−3.0% after +0.7%). By contrast, it picked up in air transport (+1.6% after −0.4%) and to a lesser extent in warehousing and support activities for transportation (+0.4% after −2.4%).

The turnover of transportation and storage increased moderately over the last three months (+0.3%) and over the year (+1.4%).

Downturn in information and communication

The turnover in information and communication fell back in April (−1.0% after +0.7% in March). It declined in all sub-sectors, in particular in computer programming, consultancy and related activities (−1.7%), in motion picture, video and television programme production (−2.8 %), in publishing activities (−1.0%) and in information service activities (−2.0%).

The turnover in information and communication increased over the last three months (+0.6%) and strongly over the year (+5.0%).

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 April/March March/Feb. q-o-q (1) y-o-y (2)
46 Wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 –1.3 0.5 0.0 0.4
H Transportation and storage 1000 –0.9 –2.0 0.3 1.4
J Information and communication 1000 –1.0 0.7 0.6 5.0
L Real estate activities 1000 0.8 –0.1 –3.8 0.8
M+N Business support activities 1000 0.9 –3.3 –1.2 2.4
M Professional, scientific and technical activities 579 3.3 –4.6 –2.3 2.2
N Administrative and support service activities 421 –2.3 –1.5 0.3 2.7
  • (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

On the rise anew in real estate activities

The turnover of real estate activities recovered in April (+0.8%) after a virtual stability in March (−0.1%). It dropped steeply over the last three months (−3.8%, T/T−1) while it rose over the year (+0.8%, T/T−4).

Rebound in business support activities

In April, the turnover of business support activities picked up (+0.9%) after a sharp decline in March (−3.3%). The rebound is buoyed by professional, scientific and technical activities (+3.3% after −4.6%), particularly activities of head offices; management consultancy activities (+9.3% after −8.6% in March). In contrast, the turnover declined again in administrative and support service activities (−2.3% after −1.5%). It fell in particular in employment activities (−3.5%) and in office administrative, office support and other business support activities (−2.5%).

The turnover in business support activities dropped over the last three months (−1.2%, T/T−1) while it rose over the year (+2.4%, T/T−4).

Revisions

The variation of turnover for March 2016 has been lowered by 0.2 points in transportation and storage and in information and communication, and by 0.1 points in real estate activities. It has been revised upwards by 0.1 points in business support activities. It remained unchanged in the wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles. These revisions are due to the revision of raw data and to the updating of the seasonal-variation coefficients.

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 April 2016 April/March March/Feb. q-o-q (1)
46 Wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 106.6 –1.3 0.5 0.0
461 Wholesale on a fee or contract basis 152 112.5 –2.0 0.0 –2.0
462 Wholesale of agricultural raw materials and live animals 54 109.5 –2.6 0.5 –1.6
463 Wholesale of food, beverages and tobacco 170 110.6 –1.9 –1.0 0.1
464 Wholesale of household goods 207 104.8 –2.0 1.1 –0.1
465 Wholesale of information and communication equipment 61 102.6 –1.2 2.7 –0.1
466 Wholesale of other machinery, equipment and supplies 125 118.1 1.3 1.1 3.8
467 Other specialised wholesale 197 90.1 –0.4 0.0 –1.2
469 Non specialised wholesale trade 34 131.0 –3.4 3.9 2.9
H Transportation and storage 1000 112.2 –0.9 –2.0 0.3
49 Land transport and transport via pipelines 407 112.6 –2.3 –2.5 –0.2
50 Water transport 73 129.8 –1.0 –0.8 –1.1
51 Air transport 91 102.6 1.6 –0.4 3.0
52 Warehousing and support activities for transportation 360 114.4 0.4 –2.4 0.7
53 Postal and courier activities 69 92.8 –3.0 0.7 –1.6
J Information and communication 1000 114.8 –1.0 0.7 0.6
58 Publishing activities 158 106.6 –1.0 2.0 0.3
59 Motion picture, video and television programme production… 76 108.4 –2.8 1.6 0.6
60 Programming and broadcasting activities 61 111.1 –0.2 2.5 0.2
61 Telecommunications 396 109.0 –0.2 0.5 0.7
62 Computer programming, consultancy and related activities 251 127.0 –1.7 –0.1 0.5
63 Information service activities 58 134.5 –2.0 0.3 2.3
L Real estate activities 1000 109.2 0.8 –0.1 –3.8
681 Buying and selling of own real estate 96 118.0 0.2 –2.6 2.1
682 Renting and operating of own or leased real estate 691 106.9 1.2 0.1 –5.7
683 Real estate activities on a fee or contract basis 213 114.4 –0.5 0.0 1.4
M+N Business support activities 1000 120.7 0.9 –3.3 –1.2
M Professional, scientific and technical activities 579 119.2 3.3 –4.6 –2.3
69 Legal and accounting activities 90 117.7 –1.6 –0.1 1.6
70 Activities of head offices… 219 123.2 9.3 –8.6 –4.9
71 Architectural and engineering activities… 151 115.1 –0.8 –3.8 –1.1
72 Scientific research and development 26 112.2 1.4 3.6 0.8
73 Advertising and market research 68 104.1 –1.3 –3.2 –2.0
74 Other professional, scientific and technical activities 19 161.4 2.4 2.3 –1.1
75 Veterinary activities 6 128.8 –0.2 –0.1 1.8
N Administrative and support service activities 421 122.7 –2.3 –1.5 0.3
77 Rental and leasing activities 98 115.1 –1.2 –3.1 0.2
78 Employment activities 80 128.7 –3.5 –0.2 1.3
79 Travel agency, tour operator… 42 115.7 –3.4 –1.0 –1.4
80 Security and investigation activities 21 126.6 –2.9 –3.0 2.0
81 Services to buildings and landscape activities 50 118.9 –1.0 –2.8 –1.0
82 Office administrative, office support and other business support activities 131 129.7 –2.5 –0.4 0.3
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months / previous three months.
  • Source: INSEE