In August 2016, the turnover recovered in business services and in wholesale tradeTurnover in the wholesale trade and business services - August 2016

In August 2016, the turnover bounced back sharply in business support activities (+6.6% after −3.2%), in wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+1.6% after −1.2%), in transportation and storage (+ 3.6% after −0.3%) and in real estate activities (+3.2% after −0.3%) . It rose again in information and communication (+1.2% after +1.6%).

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No 288
Paru le : 28/10/2016

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 August 2016, the turnover bounced back sharply in business support activities (+6.6% after −3.2%), in wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+1.6% after −1.2%), in transportation and storage (+3.6% after −0.3%) and in real estate activities (+3.2% after −0.3%). It rose again in information and communication (+1.2% after +1.6%).

Graph1_anglais – Wholesale trade and business services

  • Source: INSEE

Considerable upturn in business support activities

In August, the turnover of business support activities recovered vigorously after a significant fall in July (+6.6% after −3.2%). All subsectors bounced back. The turnover picked up dramatically in professional, scientific and technical activities (+8.1% after −4.7%), particularly in activities of head offices and management consultancy activities (+11.9%) and architectural and engineering activities (+9.2%). It recovered also in administrative and support service activities (+4.8% after −1.2%), more markedly in office administrative, office support and other business support activities (+7.5%), in employment activities (+5.7%) and in services to buildings and landscape activities (+8.5%).

The turnover in business support activities increased slightly over the last three months (+0.3% q-o-q) and more significantly over a year (+1.5% y-o-y).

Rebound in wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles

In August 2016, the turnover of wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles recovered (+1.6% after −1.2% in July and −0.4% in June), reaching the same level as in May. It bounced back notably for wholesalers of household goods (+2.9%) and for wholesalers of other machinery, equipment and supplies (+3.0%). It rose also for wholesalers on a fee or contract basis (+2.6%). By contrast, it declined for wholesalers of information and communication equipment (−1.4%).

The turnover of the wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles sector decreased slightly over the last three months (−0.3% q-o-q) and year-on-year (−0.5% y-o-y).

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 Aug./July July/ June q-o-q (1) y-o-y (2)
46 Wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 1.6 −1.2 −0.3 −0.5
H Transportation and storage 1000 3.6 −0.3 0.3 −0.1
J Information and communication 1000 1.2 1.6 0.7 5.3
L Real estate activities 1000 3.2 −0.3 2.2 5.3
M+N Business support activities 1000 6.6 −3.2 0.3 1.5
M Professional, scientific and technical activities 579 8.1 −4.7 0.6 1.0
N Administrative and support service activities 421 4.8 −1.2 −0.1 2.2
  • (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

Sharp increase in transportation and storage

In August, the turnover of transportation and storage rose markedly (+3.6%) after a slight fall in July (−0.3%). The turnover increased in all sectors, particularly in land transport (+5.4%) and warehousing and support activities for transportation (+2.5%).

The turnover of transportation and storage rose slightly over the last three months (+0.3% q-o-q) and was almost unchanged over a year (−0.1% y-o-y).

Marked growth in real estate activities

The turnover of real estate activities expanded sharply in August (+3.2%) after edging down in July (−0.3%). It rose markedly over the last three months (+2.2% q-o-q) and over a year (+5.3% y-o-y).

Further increase in information and communication

The turnover in information and communication rose again in August (+1.2% after +1.6% in July). It grew significantly in computer programming, consultancy and related activities (+2.9%), publishing activities (+2.8%) and motion picture, video and television programme production, sound recording and music publishing activities (+3.1%). By contrast, it fell back considerably in programming and broadcasting activities (−7.5%).

The turnover in information and communication increased over the last three months (+0.7%) and sharply over the year (+5.3%).

Revisions

The variation in the turnover for July 2016 has been revised upwards by 1.8 points in information and communication, by 1.1 points in real estate activities, by 0.9 points in business support activities and by 0.2 points in the wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles. It was unchanged in transportation and storage. These revisions are sharper than usual. They are due to adjustments related to time lags in VAT returns in July and August and to the updating of the coefficients used for the seasonal and working-day adjustment (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 Aug. 2016 Aug./July July/ June q-o-q (1)
46 Wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 107.7 1.6 −1.2 −0.3
461 Wholesale on a fee or contract basis 152 119.1 2.6 0.0 0.6
462 Wholesale of agricultural raw materials and live animals 54 105.7 2.4 −5.1 −3.5
463 Wholesale of food, beverages and tobacco 170 113.9 0.9 1.3 1.0
464 Wholesale of household goods 207 106.6 2.9 −2.9 −0.1
465 Wholesale of information and communication equipment 61 104.1 −1.4 0.0 2.2
466 Wholesale of other machinery, equipment and supplies 125 111.4 3.0 −3.0 −3.5
467 Other specialised wholesale 197 90.4 0.2 −0.8 0.1
469 Non specialised wholesale trade 34 131.3 −0.2 −0.8 −0.1
H Transportation and storage 1000 116.1 3.6 −0.3 0.3
49 Land transport and transport via pipelines 407 119.7 5.4 0.1 0.1
50 Water transport 73 125.4 2.1 −4.3 0.4
51 Air transport 91 95.7 2.2 −1.6 −2.5
52 Warehousing and support activities for transportation 360 119.1 2.5 0.8 1.3
53 Postal and courier activities 69 95.4 1.6 −3.4 −0.5
J Information and communication 1000 118.1 1.2 1.6 0.7
58 Publishing activities 158 110.5 2.8 1.8 0.3
59 Motion picture, video and television programme production… 76 113.4 3.1 10.4 −2.1
60 Programming and broadcasting activities 61 104.4 −7.5 3.1 −1.9
61 Telecommunications 396 110.5 0.0 0.8 1.4
62 Computer programming, consultancy and related activities 251 133.1 2.9 −1.0 1.4
63 Information service activities 58 145.5 2.0 7.0 0.1
L Real estate activities 1000 116.3 3.2 −0.3 2.2
681 Buying and selling of own real estate 96 124.0 −1.9 3.7 0.4
682 Renting and operating of own or leased real estate 691 114.6 2.9 0.3 2.7
683 Real estate activities on a fee or contract basis 213 119.8 6.9 −4.0 1.3
M+N Business support activities 1000 126.1 6.6 −3.2 0.3
M Professional, scientific and technical activities 579 123.6 8.1 −4.7 0.6
69 Legal and accounting activities 90 119.3 1.9 −0.1 −0.6
70 Activities of head offices… 219 127.0 11.9 −7.8 0.8
71 Architectural and engineering activities… 151 121.5 9.2 −5.0 0.2
72 Scientific research and development 26 115.9 2.7 −8.9 5.5
73 Advertising and market research 68 109.6 1.5 3.6 0.9
74 Other professional, scientific and technical activities 19 169.9 8.4 −2.6 0.3
75 Veterinary activities 6 133.8 7.3 −3.2 0.5
N Administrative and support service activities 421 129.5 4.8 −1.2 −0.1
77 Rental and leasing activities 98 123.3 0.5 4.5 2.6
78 Employment activities 80 136.7 5.7 −1.9 −0.6
79 Travel agency, tour operator… 42 121.9 4.0 −1.8 0.5
80 Security and investigation activities 21 134.1 3.1 0.5 0.9
81 Services to buildings and landscape activities 50 125.4 8.5 −3.2 −0.3
82 Office administrative, office support and other business support activities 131 134.4 7.5 −5.3 −2.3
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months / previous three months.
  • Source: INSEE