In June 2016, the turnover fell back in the wholesale trade and in business servicesTurnover in the wholesale trade and business services - June 2016

In June 2016, the turnover fell back in wholesale trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles (-0.6%). It shrank also in business support activities (-2.1%): in transportation and storage (-1.8%), in information and communication (-1.4%) and in real estate activities (-1.2%).

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 June 2016, the turnover fell back in wholesale trade, except for motor vehicles and motorcycles (−0.6%). It shrank also in business support activities (−2.1%): in transportation and storage (−1.8%), in information and communication (−1.4%) and in real estate activities (−1.2%).

Graph1_anglais – Wholesale trade and business services

  • Source: INSEE

Downturn in wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles

In June 2016, the turnover of the wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles shrank (−0.6%), after a rebound in May (+1.6%). It declined sharply for wholesalers on a fee or contract basis (−4.8%) and, to a lesser extent, for wholesalers of other specialised wholesale (−1.6%) and wholesalers of food, beverages and tobacco (−0.6%). By contrast, it increased for wholesalers of other machinery, equipment and supplies (+1.8%), wholesalers of household goods (+0.9%) and for wholesalers of information and communication equipment (+2.2%).

The turnover of the wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles sector decreased slightly in Q2 2016 compared to Q1 2016 (−0.3% q-o-q) and compared to Q2 2015 (−0.4% y-o-y).

Significant decline in business support activities

In June, the turnover of business support activities slipped back sharply (−2.1% after +3.5%).

It shrank strongly in administrative and support service activities (−3.1% after +5.2%), more particularly in rental and leasing activities (−4.7% after +6.5% in May), in office administrative, office support and other business support activities (−2.9% after +4.8%) and in employment activities (−2.6% after +5.6%).

The turnover in professional, scientific and technical activities declined also (−1.3% after +2.3%): it fell back particularly in advertising and market research (−4.3% after +4.0%), in architectural and engineering activities (−1.3% after +3.5%), and in activities of head offices and management consultancy activities (−0.8% after +1.1%). On the other hand, it advanced again strongly and in scientific research and development (+5.7% after +3.7%).

The turnover in business support activities rose over the second quarter (+0.8% q-o-q) and over the year (+2.8% y-o-y).

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

SA-WDA value, Base year 2010
Variation in the turnover in the wholesale trade and business services
Change in %
Nace classification Weight June/May May/ April q-o-q (1) y-o-y (2)
46 Wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 –0.6 1.6 –0.3 –0.4
H Transportation and storage 1000 –1.8 2.5 –0.7 0.2
J Information and communication 1000 –1.4 1.7 –0.4 4.1
L Real estate activities 1000 –1.2 3.5 2.9 5.5
M+N Business support activities 1000 –2.1 3.5 0.8 2.8
M Professional, scientific and technical activities 579 –1.3 2.3 0.9 2.8
N Administrative and support service activities 421 –3.1 5.2 0.6 2.9
  • (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

Marked decline in transportation and storage

In June, the turnover of transportation and storage went down sharply (−1.8% after +2.5% in May). It declined strongly in land transport (−4.5%) and, to a lesser extent, in warehousing and support activities for transportation (−1.4%). By contrast, the turnover bounced back markedly in water transport (+4.7%) and in air transport (+2.6%). It increased again in postal and courier activities (+1.7%).

Although the turnover of transportation and storage shrank over the second quarter (−0.7%), it increased slightly over the year (+0.2%).

Drop in information and communication

The turnover in information and communication fell back in June (−1.4% after +1.7% in May). Almost all sectors were down, in particular publishing activities (−2.9%), information service activities (−7.4%) and motion picture, video and television programme production (−5.0%). It levelled off in computer programming, consultancy and related activities.

The turnover decreased over the second quarter (−0.4%) whereas it increased over the year (+4.1%).

Fall in real estate activities

The turnover of real estate activities slipped back in June (−1.2%) after three months in a row of increase (+1.6% on average between March and May). It surged over the second quarter (+2.9% q-o-q) and over the year (+5.5% y-o-y).

Revisions

The variation in the turnover for May 2016 has been revised upwards by 0.4 points in the wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles and in real estate activities and by 0.3 points in transportation and storage. It has been lowered by 0.4 points in information and communication. It remained unchanged in business support activities. These revisions are due to those of raw data (inclusion of late responses from businesses, changes of sector) and to the updating of the coefficients used for the adjustment of seasonal and working-day variations (SA-WDA).

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 June 2016 June/May May/April q-o-q (1)
46 Wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 107.1 –0.6 1.6 –0.3
461 Wholesale on a fee or contract basis 152 114.5 –4.8 7.4 0.7
462 Wholesale of agricultural raw materials and live animals 54 109.8 –0.1 0.9 –1.8
463 Wholesale of food, beverages and tobacco 170 111.6 –0.6 2.4 –1.5
464 Wholesale of household goods 207 106.8 0.9 1.4 –0.6
465 Wholesale of information and communication equipment 61 104.8 2.2 –0.1 1.3
466 Wholesale of other machinery, equipment and supplies 125 112.1 1.8 –5.9 –0.9
467 Other specialised wholesale 197 90.8 –1.6 2.5 0.5
469 Non specialised wholesale trade 34 133.7 1.1 1.5 0.2
H Transportation and storage 1000 112.7 –1.8 2.5 –0.7
49 Land transport and transport via pipelines 407 113.4 –4.5 5.6 –1.2
50 Water transport 73 132.5 4.7 –1.2 –0.1
51 Air transport 91 95.0 2.6 –7.7 –3.9
52 Warehousing and support activities for transportation 360 114.8 –1.4 1.7 0.0
53 Postal and courier activities 69 99.7 1.7 4.5 1.1
J Information and communication 1000 114.6 –1.4 1.7 –0.4
58 Publishing activities 158 105.4 –2.9 2.2 –0.4
59 Motion picture, video and television programme production… 76 102.7 –5.0 0.9 –2.7
60 Programming and broadcasting activities 61 109.7 –2.0 1.0 –0.5
61 Telecommunications 396 107.7 –0.2 –0.8 –0.5
62 Computer programming, consultancy and related activities 251 131.3 0.0 3.7 0.2
63 Information service activities 58 133.5 –7.4 7.5 0.5
L Real estate activities 1000 112.8 –1.2 3.5 2.9
681 Buying and selling of own real estate 96 120.5 –5.3 6.9 3.0
682 Renting and operating of own or leased real estate 691 111.0 –1.4 4.1 3.5
683 Real estate activities on a fee or contract basis 213 116.9 2.1 –0.1 0.6
M+N Business support activities 1000 122.5 –2.1 3.5 0.8
M Professional, scientific and technical activities 579 120.2 –1.3 2.3 0.9
69 Legal and accounting activities 90 117.6 –1.6 1.8 –0.1
70 Activities of head offices… 219 123.1 –0.8 1.1 1.5
71 Architectural and engineering activities… 151 118.1 –1.3 3.5 –0.7
72 Scientific research and development 26 120.6 5.7 3.7 6.7
73 Advertising and market research 68 104.2 –4.3 4.0 –0.4
74 Other professional, scientific and technical activities 19 160.8 –4.1 4.3 6.2
75 Veterinary activities 6 128.8 0.3 0.1 0.3
N Administrative and support service activities 421 125.8 –3.1 5.2 0.6
77 Rental and leasing activities 98 117.8 –4.7 6.5 1.8
78 Employment activities 80 133.1 –2.6 5.6 0.7
79 Travel agency, tour operator… 42 117.9 –1.3 3.9 –2.2
80 Security and investigation activities 21 129.8 –2.1 4.8 –1.1
81 Services to buildings and landscape activities 50 119.4 –2.7 3.3 –0.9
82 Office administrative, office support and other business support activities 131 133.4 –2.9 4.8 1.2
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months / previous three months.
  • Source: INSEE