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%).

Graph1_anglais – Wholesale trade and business services

  • Source: INSEE

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%).

Tab1_anglais – Variation of the turnover in wholesale trade and business services

SA-WDA value, Base year 2010
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%).

Revisions:

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.

Tab2_anglais – Variation of the turnover in wholesale trade and business services

SA-WDA value, Base year 2010
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
61 Telecommunications 396 109.1 0.2 0.0 1.1
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