In August 2016, the sales volume rebounded in trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcyclesSales volume in the retail trade and personal services - August 2016

Every index in this issue (except those on large scale food retailing survey) is in volume (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 August 2016, the sales volume rebounded sharply in trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+3.6%) after two months of decline (−2.4% in July and −0,5% in June). It recovered slightly in retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+0.2% after −0.2%). It accelerated in accommodation and food service activities (+0.8% after +0.3%). On the contrary, the sales volume decreased in household services (−1.3% after +0.8%).

Every index in this issue (except those on large scale food retailing survey) is in volume (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 August 2016, the sales volume rebounded sharply in trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+3.6%) after two months of decline (−2.4% in July and −0,5% in June). It recovered slightly in retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+0.2% after −0.2%). It accelerated in accommodation and food service activities (+0.8% after +0.3%). On the contrary, the sales volume decreased in household services (−1.3% after +0.8%).

Graph1_anglais – Sales volume in the retail trade and personal services

  • Source: INSEE

Slight increase in retail trade

In August 2016, the sales volume in retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles edged up, returning to the June level (+0.2% after −0.2%). According to early estimates, it should increase again in September (+0.5%).

The sales volume picked up strongly in retail trade not in stores (+6,5% après −4,0%). It increased a little in non-specialised stores (+0.2% as in July). It decreased slightly in specialised stores (−0.3% after −0.1%) : declines in retail sale of other goods in

specialised stores (clothing, perfumes, etc.: −0.9%) and in retail sale of information and communication equipment (−2.4%) were not offset by increases in retail sale of automotive fuel (+1.3%) and in retail sale of food, beverages and tobacco (+1.2%).

The sales volume in retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles was stable over the last three months and increased sharply year-on-year (+1.9% y-o-y).

Tab1_anglais – Variation of sales volume in the retail trade and personal services

SA-WDA volume, Base year 2010
Variation of sales volume in the retail trade and personal services
Change in %
NACE Classification Weight Aug./ July July/ June q-o-q (1) y-o-y (2)
47 Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 0.2 –0.2 0.0 1.9
471 Retail sale in non-specialized stores 370 0.2 0.2 1.0 0.4
472 to 477 Retail sale in specialized stores 572 –0.3 –0.1 –0.4 2.6
478 and 479 Retail trade not in stores 58 6.5 –4.0 –2.3 3.6
45 Trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 3.6 –2.4 –0.2 4.5
I Accommodation and food service activities 1000 0.8 0.3 0.1 2.5
R+S Household services 1000 –1.3 0.8 0.9 4.1
R Arts, entertainment and recreation 422 –5.9 4.0 3.2 8.6
S Other service activities 578 2.9 –2.0 –0.9 0.5
  • (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 %
Sept. 2016/ Aug. 2016 Sept. 2016/ Sept. 2015
47 Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 0.5 2.1
  • * Econometric estimate from a set of sources available within 30 days after the end of the reference month
  • Source: INSEE

Sharp rebound in trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles

The sales volume in trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles recovered sharply in August (+3.6%) after two months of decline (−2.4% in July and −0.5% in June). This overall rebound was particularly strong in sale of motor vehicles (+4.8%) and sale of motor vehicle parts and accessories (+1.6%).

The sales volume of the whole sector decreased slightly over the last three months (−0.2% q-o-q) and grew substantially year-on-year (+4.5% y-o-y).

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 Aug. 2016 Aug./ July July/ June q-o-q (1)
47 Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 116.7 0.2 –0.2 0.0
471 Non-specialised stores 370 110.8 0.2 0.2 1.0
472 to 477 Specialised stores 572 119.9 –0.3 –0.1 –0.4
472 Retail sale of food, beverages and tobacco in specialised stores 48 131.2 1.2 –1.2 0.5
473 Retail sale of automotive fuel 77 95.7 1.3 5.1 –5.9
474 Retail sale of information and communication equipment 28 173.5 –2.4 –0.5 –0.6
475 Retail sale of other household equipment 113 103.8 –0.2 –2.0 –1.5
476 Retail sale of cultural and recreation goods 48 107.8 0.6 –0.6 2.1
477 Retail sale of other goods in specialised stores 259 128.5 –0.9 –0.2 0.7
478 et 479 Retail trade not in stores 58 122.9 6.5 –4.0 –2.3
45 Wholesale and retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 113.6 3.6 –2.4 –0.2
451 Sale of motor vehicles 671 110.3 4.8 –3.3 –0.4
452 Maintenance and repair of motor vehicles 78 103.8 2.0 –1.8 –1.0
453 Sale of motor vehicle parts and accessories 227 129.4 1.6 –0.6 0.5
454 Sale, maintenance and repair of motorcycles and related parts and accessories 24 88.3 0.6 –0.9 –1.1
I Accommodation and food service activities 1000 111.5 0.8 0.3 0.1
55 Accommodation 239 103.3 –1.2 1.4 –1.1
56 Food and beverage service activities 761 114.0 1.4 0.0 0.4
561 Restaurants… 560 114.2 1.6 0.1 0.4
562 Event catering… 119 105.4 –0.4 –0.8 –1.5
563 Beverage serving activities 82 125.2 2.4 0.6 3.1
R+S Household services 1000 112.2 –1.3 0.8 0.9
R Arts, entertainment and recreation 422 119.4 –5.9 4.0 3.2
90 Creative, arts and entertainment activities 116 112.2 4.7 –1.2 1.2
91 Libraries, archives, museums… 10 125.6 –2.5 3.8 –1.9
92 Gambling and betting activities 106 113.0 –3.4 –4.4 2.5
93 Sports activities and amusement... 190 127.0 –12.1 11.1 4.9
S Other service activities 578 106.9 2.9 –2.0 –0.9
95 Repair of computers… 206 89.6 1.8 –3.5 –3.9
96 Other personal service activities 372 116.5 3.4 –1.3 0.4
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months /previous three months.
  • Source: INSEE

Further rise in accommodation and food service activities

The sales volume in accommodation and food service activities accelerated in August (+0.8% after +0.3%). This growth was due to food and beverage service activities (+1.4%), mostly to restaurants and fast food activities (+1.6%) and beverage serving activities (+2.4%). However, the sales volume fell back in accommodation (−1.2% after +1.4%).

The sales volume of the whole sector was virtually stable over the last three months (+0.1% q-o-q) and increased sharply year-on-year (+2.5% y-o-y).

Retreat in household services

In August, the sales volume in household services fell back (−1.3% after +0.8%). This decrease affected mainly sports activities and amusement and recreation activities (−12.1%) and to a lesser extent, gambling and betting activities (−3.4%). However, the sales volume recovered in other personal service activities (hairdressing, laundry services, etc .: +3.4%) and in creative, arts and entertainment activities (+4.7%).

The sales volume in household services grew over the last three months (+0.9% q-o-q) and strongly year-on-year (+4.1% y-o-y).

Revisions

The variation in the sales volume for July 2016 has been raised by 0.6 points in accommodation and food services activities, by 0.2 points in trade and repair of motor vehicles and by 0.1 points in retail trade, except of motor vehicles and in household services. These revisions are due, in particular, to adjustments related to lags in VAT returns in July and August and to the new calculation of the SA-WDA coefficients.

In September 2016, turnover recovered in large-scale food retailing

In September 2016, the turnover in large-scale food retailing bounced back (+0.9% after −0.5% in August) thanks to the sales of food products (+1.7%). The sales of non food-products have dwindled since May 2016 (–0.5% on average from May to September). Sales of automotive fuel stalled.

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 %
Sept. 16/ Aug. 16 Aug./ July q-o-q (1) y-o-y (1)
Turnover 0.9 –0.5 0.4 –0.5
Including
Sales of food products 1.7 –0.1 1.7 0.5
Sales of non-food products –0.2 –0.3 –1.8 –2.8
Sales of automotive fuel 0.0 –0.9 –2.9 –4.6
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months / previous three months.
  • Source: INSEE - Monthly survey on large scale food retailing (Emagsa)