In March 2016, the turnover improved in wholesale trade but dropped in business support activities and in transportationTurnover in the wholesale trade and business services - March 2016
In March 2016, the turnover increased in wholesale trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles (+0.5%), and in information and communication (+0.9%) while it was steady in real estate activities. By contrast, it fell back sharply in business support activities (-3.4%) and in transportation and storage (-1.8%).
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 March 2016, the turnover increased in wholesale trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles (+0.5%), and in information and communication (+0.9%) while it was steady in real estate activities. By contrast, it fell back sharply in business support activities (−3.4%) and in transportation and storage (−1.8%).
Further rise in wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles
In Mars 2016, the turnover of the wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles sector increased again (+0.5% after +0.3% in February). It recovered for wholesalers of information and communication equipment (+2.7%) and of household goods (+1.1%). Conversely it declined slightly in the wholesale of other specialised wholesale (−0.3%) and in the wholesale of food, beverages and tobacco (−0.8%),
The turnover of the wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles sector increased in Q1 2016 compared to Q4 2015 (+0.4%, T/T–1) and compared to Q1 2015 (+1.0%, T/T–4).
Stability in real estate activities
The turnover of real estate activities was unchanged in March after three months of decline (−2.4% on average). It dropped steeply over the first quarter (−4.8%, T/T−1) while it rose over the year (+1.0%, T/T−4).
Downturn in transportation and storage
In March, the turnover of transportation and storage fell back sharply (−1.8% après +2.0% in February). It declined particularly in warehousing and support activities for transportation (−2.6% après +1.9%) and in land transport (−1.9% après +2.4%). By contrast, it increased again in postal and courier activities (+0,9%, after +0.4%).
The turnover of transportation and storage increased over the first quarter (+1.1%) and over the year (+2.1%).
tableau Tab1_anglais – Variation of the turnover in wholesale trade and business services
|Change in %|
|Nace classification||Weight||March/Feb.||Feb./ Jan.||q-o-q (1)||y-o-y (2)|
|46 Wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles||1000||0.5||0.3||0.4||1.0|
|H Transportation and storage||1000||–1.8||2.0||1.1||2.1|
|J Information and communication||1000||0.9||0.1||1.6||5.5|
|L Real estate activities||1000||0.0||–1.1||–4.8||1.0|
|M+N Business support activities||1000||–3.4||0.9||0.2||4.5|
|M Professional, scientific and technical activities||579||–4.8||–0.6||–0.6||3.8|
|N Administrative and support service activities||421||–1.4||3.0||1.3||5.4|
- (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
Increase in information and communication
The turnover in information and communication went up in March (+0.9%) after a virtual stability in February (+0.1%). It bounced back strongly in publishing activities (+3.3%, after −0.9%); it rose sharply in motion picture, video and television programme production (+3.5%) and it recovered in programming and broadcasting activities (+1.4%, après −5.7%).
The turnover in information and communication increased substantially over the first quarter (+1.6%) and year-on-year (+5.5%).
Sharp decline in business support activities
In March, the turnover of business support activities slipped back significantly (−3.4% after +0.9% in February). It dropped markedly in professional, scientific and technical activities (−4.8%), particularly in activities of head offices; management consultancy activities (−8.9%) and in architectural and engineering activities (−3.5%).
It shrank also in administrative and support service activities (−1.4%, after +3.0%). In particular the turnover went down in rental and leasing activities (−4.3% after +3.0% in February) and in security and investigation activities (−2.8% after +5.7% in February).
The turnover in business support activities went up slightly over the first quarter (+0.2%) and strongly over the year (+4.5%).
The variation of turnover for February 2016 has been lowered by 1.2 points in business support activities (corrections of raw series) and by 0.1 points in transportation and storage. It has been revised upwards by 0.4 points in real estate activities (revision due to the new calculation of the SA-WDA). It remained unchanged in the wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles and in information and communication.
tableau Tab2_anglais – Variation of the turnover in wholesale trade and business services
|Change in %|
|Nace Classification||Weight||March 2016||March/Feb.||Feb./ Jan.||q-o-q (1)|
|46 Wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles||1000||108.1||0.5||0.3||0.4|
|461 Wholesale on a fee or contract basis||152||115.0||0.1||0.1||–1.6|
|462 Wholesale of agricultural raw materials and live animals||54||112.9||0.3||1.0||–0.7|
|463 Wholesale of food, beverages and tobacco||170||113.4||–0.8||1.6||1.2|
|464 Wholesale of household goods||207||107.3||1.1||–0.7||1.2|
|465 Wholesale of information and communication equipment||61||103.8||2.7||–0.8||0.6|
|466 Wholesale of other machinery, equipment and supplies||125||116.3||1.2||1.9||2.6|
|467 Other specialised wholesale||197||90.0||–0.3||–1.1||–1.1|
|469 Non specialised wholesale trade||34||135.6||3.8||1.3||2.5|
|H Transportation and storage||1000||113.6||–1.8||2.0||1.1|
|49 Land transport and transport via pipelines||407||116.3||–1.9||2.4||1.4|
|50 Water transport||73||131.9||–0.7||2.9||0.2|
|51 Air transport||91||100.6||–0.5||0.8||2.3|
|52 Warehousing and support activities for transportation||360||113.5||–2.6||1.9||0.9|
|53 Postal and courier activities||69||96.4||0.9||0.4||–0.1|
|J Information and communication||1000||116.3||0.9||0.1||1.6|
|58 Publishing activities||158||109.3||3.3||–0.9||1.9|
|59 Motion picture, video and television programme production…||76||114.7||3.5||2.6||0.3|
|60 Programming and broadcasting activities||61||110.0||1.4||–5.7||2.2|
|62 Computer programming, consultancy and related activities||251||130.1||0.1||1.0||2.4|
|63 Information service activities||58||131.8||–0.2||1.4||1.5|
|L Real estate activities||1000||108.5||0.0||–1.1||–4.8|
|681 Buying and selling of own real estate||96||117.5||–1.4||5.2||–3.0|
|682 Renting and operating of own or leased real estate||691||105.8||0.1||–2.5||–6.6|
|683 Real estate activities on a fee or contract basis||213||115.4||0.1||1.5||1.3|
|M+N Business support activities||1000||120.0||–3.4||0.9||0.2|
|M Professional, scientific and technical activities||579||115.6||–4.8||–0.6||–0.6|
|69 Legal and accounting activities||90||120.0||0.0||3.0||1.6|
|70 Activities of head offices…||219||113.1||–8.9||–3.9||–1.1|
|71 Architectural and engineering activities…||151||116.6||–3.5||1.7||–0.1|
|72 Scientific research and development||26||108.9||2.3||–1.0||–2.7|
|73 Advertising and market research||68||105.3||–3.7||3.5||–1.7|
|74 Other professional, scientific and technical activities||19||157.3||2.0||–0.4||–1.3|
|75 Veterinary activities||6||129.3||–0.1||1.6||2.2|
|N Administrative and support service activities||421||126.1||–1.4||3.0||1.3|
|77 Rental and leasing activities||98||115.9||–4.3||3.0||0.9|
|78 Employment activities||80||134.0||0.2||4.0||1.9|
|79 Travel agency, tour operator…||42||121.2||–0.2||1.5||–1.0|
|80 Security and investigation activities||21||131.3||–2.8||5.7||3.1|
|81 Services to buildings and landscape activities||50||120.4||–2.6||1.9||0.3|
|82 Office administrative, office support and other business support activities||131||134.6||0.4||2.6||1.9|
- (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months / previous three months.
- Source: INSEE