In October 2014, the turnover decreased in the wholesale trade and in information and communicationTurnover in the wholesale trade and business services - October 2014

In October 2014, the turnover decreased in the wholesale trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles (–1.3%) and in information and communication (–1.2%). It shrank very slightly in real estate activities (–0.2%). Conversely it increased slightly in transportation and storage (+0.3%) and held almost steady in business support activities (+0.1%).

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 October 2014, the turnover decreased in the wholesale trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles (–1.3%) and in information and communication (–1.2%). It shrank very slightly in real estate activities (–0.2%). Conversely it increased slightly in transportation and storage (+0.3%) and held almost steady in business support activities (+0.1%).

Graph1_anglais – Wholesale trade and business services

  • Source: INSEE

Decrease in the wholesale trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles

In October, the turnover of the wholesale trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles decreased (–1.3%) after a slight increase in September (+0.3%). It declined in other specialised wholesale (–2.9%), in the wholesale on a fee or contract basis (–1.5%), in the wholesale of information and communication equipment (–3.8%), in the wholesale of food, beverages and tobacco (–1.2%) and in the wholesale of other machinery, equipment and supplies (–0.4%).

The turnover of the wholesale trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles went up over the last three months (+0.3%) and decreased slightly over the year (–0.2%).

Slight increase in transportation and storage

In October, the turnover of transportation and storage improved slightly (+0.3%) after a stability in September (0.0%). It bounced back very strongly in air transport (+9.2%) after the social movements of September (–22.1%). It increased also in warehousing and support activities for transportation (+0.5%) and in water transport (+1.1%). On the contrary it diminished in land transport and transport via pipelines (–1.4%) and in postal and courier activities (–0.7%).

The turnover of transportation and storage increased over the last three months (+0.4%) but decreased over the year (–0.3%).

Slight decline in real estate activities

The turnover of real estate activities declined slightly in October (–0.2% as in September). It declined over the last three months (–0.5%) but improved over the year (+0.9%).

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 Oct./ Sept. Sept./Aug. q-o-q (1) y-o-y (2)
46 Wholesale trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 –1.3 0.3 0.3 –0.2
H Transportation and storage 1000 0.3 0.0 0.4 –0.3
J Information and communication 1000 –1.2 0.7 –0.1 1.1
L Real estate activities 1000 –0.2 –0.2 –0.5 0.9
M+N Business support activities 1000 0.1 0.2 1.4 2.5
M Professional, scientific and technical activities 579 0.3 0.6 1.5 2.6
N Administrative and support service activities 421 –0.2 –0.4 1.3 2.4
  • (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

Decline in information and communication

In October, the turnover of information and communication diminished (–1.2%) after a two-month-in-a-row growth. It declined in telecommunications (–3.0%), in information service activities (–2.3%) and in programming and broadcasting activities (–1.4%). On the contrary, it went up in publishing activities (+0.3%). It held steady in motion picture, video and television programme production (0.0%) and held almost steady in computer programming, consultancy and related activities (+0.1%).

The turnover of information and communication levelled off over the last three months (–0.1%) and grew over the year (+1.1%).

Near stability in business support activities

The turnover of business support activities held almost steady in October (+0.1%) after a very light increase in September (+0.2%). It went up slightly in professional, scientific and technical activities (+0.3%): it increased in advertising and market research (+2.1%) and in architectural and engineering activities (+0.7%), while it diminished in activities of head offices (–0.3%). The turnover declined slightly in administrative and support service activities (–0.2%): it declined in travel agency, tour operator (–2.1%), in rental and leasing activities (–0.6%) and in security and investigation activities (–1.6%) but improved in office administrative, office support and other business support activities (+1.0%).

The turnover in business support activities improved over the last three months (+1.4%) and more significantly over the year (+2.5%).

Revisions

The change in September was revised by +0.3 point in business support activities. Initially calculated at –0.1%, it was revised at +0.2%. That same month, the change was revised by +0.2 point in transportation and storage and by +0.1 point in the wholesale trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles and in information and communication. It remained unchanged in real estate activities.

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 Oct. 2014 Oct./ Sept. Sept./Aug. q-o-q (1)
46 Wholesale trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 109.5 –1.3 0.3 0.3
461 Wholesale on a fee or contract basis 152 117.3 –1.5 1.2 –0.1
462 Wholesale of agricultural raw materials and live animals 54 115.3 –0.6 –0.2 –1.3
463 Wholesale of food, beverages and tobacco 170 111.6 –1.2 1.2 0.0
464 Wholesale of household goods 207 107.1 0.2 –0.6 0.9
465 Wholesale of information and communication equipment 61 97.2 –3.8 –0.5 –0.8
466 Wholesale of other machinery. equipment and supplies 125 112.6 –0.4 –0.2 1.5
467 Other specialised wholesale 197 104.4 –2.9 1.0 0.3
469 Non specialised wholesale trade 34 110.0 –1.5 –2.2 0.3
H Transportation and storage 1000 107.1 0.3 0.0 0.4
49 Land transport and transport via pipelines 407 107.8 –1.4 1.8 0.8
50 Water transport 73 115.8 1.1 4.6 1.4
51 Air transport 91 92.0 9.2 –22.1 –8.9
52 Warehousing and support activities for transportation 360 110.1 0.5 2.3 2.1
53 Postal and courier activities 69 98.5 –0.7 2.0 0.5
J Information and communication 1000 102.3 –1.2 0.7 –0.1
58 Publishing activities 158 104.3 0.3 –2.1 1.2
59 Motion picture. video and television programme production… 76 104.3 0.0 0.5 2.0
60 Programming and broadcasting activities 61 106.1 –1.4 5.7 –2.9
61 Telecommunications 396 90.9 –3.0 0.7 –1.1
62 Computer programming. consultancy and related activities 251 115.8 0.1 1.2 0.4
63 Information service activities 58 109.6 –2.3 1.4 –0.1
L Real estate activities 1000 102.0 –0.2 –0.2 –0.5
681 Buying and selling of own real estate 96 82.6 5.8 –5.1 –4.5
682 Renting and operating of own or leased real estate 691 105.2 –0.4 –0.1 –0.1
683 Real estate activities on a fee or contract basis 213 100.4 –1.6 1.0 –0.3
M+N Business support activities 1000 112.4 0.1 0.2 1.4
M Professional. scientific and technical activities 579 112.9 0.3 0.6 1.5
69 Legal and accounting activities 90 107.1 0.3 –2.4 0.8
70 Activities of head offices… 219 120.3 –0.3 2.8 1.7
71 Architectural and engineering activities… 151 110.4 0.7 –0.7 1.3
72 Scientific research and development 26 105.3 –1.2 1.0 2.1
73 Advertising and market research 68 104.7 2.1 0.4 1.5
74 Other professional. scientific and technical activities 19 113.9 0.6 –0.9 2.1
75 Veterinary activities 6 116.3 –0.8 1.7 2.0
N Administrative and support service activities 421 111.8 –0.2 –0.4 1.3
77 Rental and leasing activities 98 109.7 –0.6 –0.4 0.7
78 Employment activities 80 110.3 –0.1 1.4 1.9
79 Travel agency. tour operator… 42 104.6 –2.1 –1.0 2.2
80 Security and investigation activities 21 115.6 –1.6 0.3 1.6
81 Services to buildings and landscape activities 50 111.5 –0.5 1.6 1.4
82 Office administrative. office support and other business support activities 131 116.2 1.0 –1.9 1.1
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months / previous three months.
  • Source: INSEE