In April 2016, the sales volume rallied in retail trade but fell again in accommodation and food service activities and in household servicesSales volume in the retail trade and personal services - April 2016

In April 2016, the sales volume recovered in retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+0.3% after -0.4%) and increased again in trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+0.8% after +0.5%). On the contrary, it fell back in accommodation and food service activities (-1.6% after +0.4%) and it decreased again in household services (-2.2 % after -8.5 %).

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 sales volume recovered in retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+0.3% after −0.4%) and increased again in trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+0.8% after +0.5%). On the contrary, it fell back in accommodation and food service activities (−1.6% after +0.4%) and it decreased again in household services (−2.2 % after −8.5 %).

Graph1_Anglais – Sales volume in the retail trade and personal services

  • Source: INSEE

Slight rebound in retail trade

In April 2016, the sales volume recovered slightly in retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+0.3% after −0.4% in March). According to early estimates, it should level off in May 2016.

The sales volume picked up significantly in retail trade not in stores (+6.9% after −1.4%) and slightly in specialised stores (+0.4% after −0.2%) where the increase was concentrated in retail sale of other household equipment (home appliance, furniture, etc. : +1.7%) and in retail sale of cultural and recreation goods (+2.4%). On the other hand, it fell again in non specialised stores (−1.0% after –0.5%).

The sales volume in retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles increased over the last three months (+1.1%) and year on year (+3.8%).

Tab1_anglais – Sales volume in the retail trade and personal services

SA-WDA volume, Base year 2010
Sales volume in the retail trade and personal services
Change in %
NACE Classification Weight Apr./ Mar. Mar./ Feb. q-o-q (1) y-o-y (2)
47 Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 0.3 –0.4 1.1 3.8
471 Retail sale in non-specialized stores 370 –1.0 –0.5 0.3 1.2
472 to 477 Retail sale in specialized stores 572 0.4 –0.2 1.4 5.0
478 and 479 Retail trade not in stores 58 6.9 –1.4 3.4 7.0
45 Trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 0.8 0.5 1.9 6.3
I Accommodation and food service activities 1000 –1.6 0.4 1.8 4.0
R+S Household services 1000 –2.2 –8.5 5.6 9.1
R Arts, entertainment and recreation 422 –1.7 –19.1 11.7 17.8
S Other service activities 578 –2.7 2.3 0.9 2.6
  • (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 – Sales volume in the retail trade: early estimate*

SA-WDA volume, Base year 2010
Sales volume in the retail trade: early estimate*
Change in %
May 2016/ Apr. 2016 May 2016/ May 2015
47 Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 0.0 2.9
  • * Econometric estimate from a set of sources available within 30 days after the end of the reference month
  • Source: INSEE

Further increase in trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles

The sales volume in retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles continued to increase in April (+0.8% after +0.5% in March), buoyed again by sale of motor vehicles (+1.4% after +1.0%).

The sales volume of the whole sector grew sharply quarter over the last three months (+1.9%) and year on year (+6.3%).

Tab2_anglais – Sales volume in the retail trade and personal services

SA-WDA volume, Base year 2010
Sales volume in the retail trade and personal services
Change in %
Nace Classification Weight Apr. 2016 Apr./ Mar. Mar./Feb. q-o-q (1)
47 Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 116.9 0.3 –0.4 1.1
471 Non-specialised stores 370 108.5 –1.0 –0.5 0.3
472 to 477 Specialised stores 572 121.4 0.4 –0.2 1.4
472 Retail sale of food, beverages and tobacco in specialised stores 48 130.1 –0.8 0.1 2.2
473 Retail sale of automotive fuel 77 96.3 –1.3 –2.7 –0.5
474 Retail sale of information and communication equipment 28 180.8 1.6 0.7 1.8
475 Retail sale of other household equipment 113 108.5 1.7 0.1 3.0
476 Retail sale of cultural and recreation goods 48 107.3 2.4 –1.8 0.8
477 Retail sale of other goods in specialised stores 259 129.0 0.1 0.2 1.1
478 et 479 Retail trade not in stores 58 127.2 6.9 –1.4 3.4
45 Wholesale and retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 112.3 0.8 0.5 1.9
451 Sale of motor vehicles 671 109.3 1.4 1.0 2.6
452 Maintenance and repair of motor vehicles 78 104.0 –0.7 1.0 1.9
453 Sale of motor vehicle parts and accessories 227 126.6 0.0 –0.2 0.2
454 Sale, maintenance and repair of motorcycles and related parts and accessories 24 88.7 –1.8 –7.2 3.5
I Accommodation and food service activities 1000 110.8 –1.6 0.4 1.8
55 Accommodation 239 102.7 –4.8 2.1 2.4
56 Food and beverage service activities 761 113.4 –0.6 –0.1 1.7
561 Restaurants… 560 113.6 –0.7 0.0 1.2
562 Event catering… 119 106.8 –0.3 –1.1 3.4
563 Beverage serving activities 82 121.0 –0.5 0.5 2.1
R+S Household services 1000 111.7 –2.2 –8.5 5.6
R Arts, entertainment and recreation 422 118.0 –1.7 –19.1 11.7
90 Creative, arts and entertainment activities 116 103.2 –5.4 –4.1 2.4
91 Libraries, archives, museums… 10 124.8 –9.6 7.9 1.5
92 Gambling and betting activities 106 113.2 –0.6 –0.8 –0.5
93 Sports activities and amusement... 190 129.3 0.0 –31.8 23.8
S Other service activities 578 107.1 –2.7 2.3 0.9
95 Repair of computers… 206 91.0 –7.0 7.4 2.9
96 Other personal service activities 372 116.0 –0.7 0.1 0.0
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months / previous three months.
  • Source: INSEE

Downturn in accommodation and food service activities

The sales volume in accommodation and food service activities fell back in April (−1.6% after +0.9% on average since December 2015). The decrease was more marked in accommodation (−4.8%) than in food and beverage service activities (−0.6%).

The sales volume of the whole sector increased sharply over the last three months (+1.8%) and year on year (+4.0%)

Further fall in household services

In April, the sales volume in household services decreased again (−2.2% after −8.5%). Almost all sectors were down, in particular those of repair of computers (−7.0% after +7.4%) and creative, arts and entertainment activities (−5.4% after −4.1%). The only exception were sports activities and amusement which levelled off after a significant fall in March (−31.8%).

The sales volume in household services rose significantly over the last three months (+5.6%) and year on year (+9.1%).

Revisions

The variation in the sales volume for March 2016 has been raised by 1.5 points in household services, from −10.0% to −8.5%, due to the integration of late declarations from businesses and to the new calculation of SA-WDA coefficients. The change has been lowered by 0.1 points in the retail trade and in accommodation and food services activities. It was unchanged in retail trade and repair of motor vehicles.

In May, turnover fell back in large-scale food retailing

In May 2016, the turnover in large-scale food retailing slipped back (−1.1% after +0.4% in April). Sales of food products shrank strongly (−2.8% after +1.2%) and those of non-food products slightly (−0.4% after +0.7%). However, sales of automotive fuel increased significantly (+4.2% after a stability in March).

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 %
May 2016/ Apr. 2016 Apr. 2016/ Mar. 2016 q-o-q (1) y-o-y (1)
Turnover –1.1 0.4 –0.6 –1.0
Including
Sales of food products –2.8 1.2 –1.3 0.1
Sales of non-food products –0.4 0.7 2.3 –0.9
Sales of automotive fuel 4.2 0.0 1.7 –7.5
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months / previous three months.
  • Source: INSEE - Monthly survey on large scale food retailing (Emagsa)