In November 2016, the business climate improves again in retail trade and in trade and repair of motor vehiclesMonthly survey of retailing - November 2016

According to the managers surveyed in retail trade and in trade and repair of motor vehicles, the business climate has improved again in November 2016. The composite indicator that measures it has gained four points to 104. It has been above its average or equal to it since May 2015.

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Paru le : 24/11/2016
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According to the managers surveyed in retail trade and in trade and repair of motor vehicles, the business climate has improved again in November 2016. The composite indicator that measures it has gained four points to 104. It has been above its average or equal to it since May 2015.

Chart_1 – Business climate synthetic indicator

Business prospects have improved

Slightly more managers than in October have declared a rise in their past sales. The corresponding balance stands practically at its average. As for their expectations, retailers have been more optimistic: the three balances concerning expected sales, ordering intentions and general business outlook have risen, each of them standing above its average from now on.

More traders intend to increase their prices: the balances on prices have risen, slightly for past prices, significantly for those over the next few months. These balances have returned above their average.

The cash position is considered as normal.

Table_1 – Tendancy in retail trade and in trade and repair of motor vehicles

Balances of opinion, in %, S.A.
Tendancy in retail trade and in trade and repair of motor vehicles
Ave. (1) Aug. 16 Sep. 16 Oct. 16 Nov. 16
Business climate 100 103 102 100 104
General business outlook –30 –22 –19 –20 –12
Recent sales –7 –4 –11 –11 –8
Expected sales –3 0 –3 –2 4
Ordering intentions –9 –3 –4 –10 –7
Stocks 11 14 13 17 18
Past selling prices (2) –7 –10 –6
Expected selling prices –3 –5 –8 –8 0
Cash position (2) –15 –16 –15
Workforce size: recent trend 1 –1 –1 –5 –3
Workforce size: future trend –3 –4 –6 –4 –4
  • (1) Average since 1991 (2004 for recent and expected sales and ordering intentions).
  • (2) Bi-monthly question (odd-numbered months).
  • Source: INSEE - monthly survey in retail trade and in trade and repair of motor vehicles

Chart_2 – Recent sales and ordering intentions

Forecasts on employment near normal

The balance concerning the recent workforce size has increased a little but still stands below its average. The expected workforce one is stable, almost at its average. In retail trade, these two balances remain below their mean level. In trade and repair of motor vehicles, the balance about past employment has decreased and has returned below its average while the expected workforce one has risen again, above its average.

In retail trade, the business climate has recovered

In retail trade, the business climate indicator has recovered: it has gained three points and has reached its long-term average again (100).

Slightly more retailers than in October have indicated an increase in their past activity. In non-specialised trade, the corresponding balance stands slightly above its average. In specialised retailing, it is significantly below.

In content, many more retailers expect a rise in their sales and their ordering intentions. The first of these two balances has gone above its mean level, the second one has come closer to it.

The level of stocks is considered very high, the associated balance reaching the level of the beginning of 2012.

The balances on past and expected prices have increased and returned above their average.

The cash flow position is considered to be a little more difficult than on average.

In trade and repair of motor vehicles, the business climate is more favourable

In trade and repair of motor vehicles and motor cycles, the business climate indicator has gained three points, to 111, and stands significantly above its mean level. It has been superior to it since the end of 2014.

More motor vehicles traders than in October have declared an increase in their past sales, and almost as many concerning their expected sales and their ordering intentions. Each of the three balances stands at a high level from now on.

The balance concerning stocks has reached its highest level since October 2012.

The cash position has never been declared easier than it has been since the beginning of the survey (2003).

Chart_3 – Recent sales and ordering intentions in trade and repair of motor vehicles

Chart_4 – Business climate synthetic indicator in retail trade and in trade and repair of motor vehicles

Table_2 – Detailed data

Balances of opinion, in %, S.A.
Detailed data
Ave. (1) Aug. 16 Sep. 16 Oct. 16 Nov. 16
Retail trade - Global data
Business climate 100 100 99 97 100
Gener. busin. outlook –30 –24 –21 –22 –13
Recent sales –6 –11 –14 –14 –12
Expected sales –1 –2 –3 –6 2
Ordering intentions –7 –5 –5 –14 –9
Stocks 10 12 11 16 18
Past selling prices (2) –9 –12 –7
Expected selling prices –5 –7 –7 –10 –2
Cash position (2) –13 –16 –16
Workforce size: recent trend 2 –2 –1 –4 –1
Workforce size: future trend –2 –4 –6 –4 –5
Non-specialised retail trade
Recent sales –2 –8 –2 –2 0
Expected sales 6 6 4 –1 11
Ordering intentions 1 4 5 –10 –3
Stocks 7 10 9 18 20
Past selling prices (2) –9 –15 –6
Expected selling prices –5 –6 –6 –9 3
Cash position (2) –7 –8 –8
Specialised retail trade
Recent sales –11 –14 –27 –29 –27
Expected sales –8 –10 –15 –13 –5
Ordering intentions –17 –16 –16 –19 –19
Stocks 13 11 12 15 15
Past selling prices (2) –8 –9 –10
Expected selling prices –5 –8 –9 –10 –8
Cash position (2) –23 –27 –25
Trade and repair of motor cars and motorcycles
Business climate 100 110 107 108 111
Gener. busin. outlook –29 –15 –12 –12 –4
Recent sales –9 12 –4 –2 3
Expected sales –7 8 –3 9 7
Ordering intentions –12 2 –6 –2 0
Stocks 15 19 18 18 20
Past selling prices (2) 1 –3 –3
Expected selling prices 4 3 –6 1 3
Cash position (2) –24 –18 –13
Workforce size: recent trend –9 0 3 –5 –14
Workforce size: future trend –7 –6 –6 –2 1
  • (1) Average since 1991 (2003 for trade and repair of motor vehicles and 2004 for recent and expected sales and ordering intentions).
  • (2) Bi-monthly question (odd-numbered months).
  • Source: INSEE - monthly survey in retail trade and in trade and repair of motor vehicles