In October 2016, the sales volume accelerated in retail trade but declined in accommodation and food services activitiesSales volume in the retail trade and personal services - October 2016

In October 2016, the sales volume accelerated in retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+1.4% after +0.3%). On the other hand, it shrank in accommodation and food service activities (−0.8% after +0.4% in September). It recovered in household services (+0.9% after −0.8%) and remained virtually stable in trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+0.1%) .

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No 341
Paru le : 22/12/2016

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 October 2016, the sales volume accelerated in retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+1.4% after +0.3%). On the other hand, it shrank in accommodation and food service activities (−0.8% after +0.4% in September). It recovered in household services (+0.9% after −0.8%) and remained virtually stable in trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+0.1%).

Graph1 – Sales volume in the retail trade and personal services

  • Source: INSEE

Acceleration in retail trade

In October 2016, the sales volume in retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles accelerated after a slight increase in September (+1.4% after +0.3%). According to early estimates, it should be virtually stable in November (−0.1%).

The rise in October was due to specialised stores (+2.4%): the retail sale of other goods in specialised stores (clothes, fuels, etc..) accelerated considerably (+3.2% after +0.2%) while the retail sale of other household equipment recovered significantly (+1.9%

after −0.5%) and the retail sale of information and communication equipment went on increasing strongly (+3.7% after +3.3%). In non-specialised stores, the sales volume was virtually stable.

The sales volume in retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles increased over the last three months (+0.7%, q-o-q) and year on year (+2.1% y-o-y).

Table1 – 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 rev.2 Classification Weight Oct./ Sept. Sept./Aug. q-o-q (1) y-o-y (2)
47 Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 1.4 0.3 0.7 2.1
471 Retail sale in non-specialized stores 370 0.1 0.5 1.1 1.9
472 to 477 Retail sale in specialized stores 572 2.4 0.3 0.4 2.1
478 and 479 Retail trade not in stores 58 0.4 –1.4 2.2 4.3
45 Trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 0.1 0.1 2.0 5.5
I Accommodation and food service activities 1000 –0.8 0.4 1.3 2.8
R+S Household services 1000 0.9 –0.8 0.1 3.6
R Arts, entertainment and recreation 422 0.2 0.0 –2.2 8.3
S Other service activities 578 1.5 –1.5 2.0 0.0
  • (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

Table2 – Sales volume in the retail trade: early estimate*

SA-WDA volume, Base year 2010
Sales volume in the retail trade: early estimate*
Change in %
Nov. 2016/ Oct. 2016 Nov. 2016/ Nov. 2015
47 Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles –0.1 3.9
  • * Econometric estimate from a set of sources available within 30 days after the end of the reference month
  • Source: INSEE

Near stabiliy in trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles

The sales volume in trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles was almost stable again in October (+0.1% as in September). In particular, it remained sluggish in sale of motor vehicles (+0.1% after +0.2%) but it recovered slightly in sale of motor vehicle parts and accessories (+0.3% after −0.5%).

The sales volume of the whole sector grew substantially over the last three months (+2.0%, q-o-q) and year-on-year (+5.5% y-o-y).

Table3 – 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 rev.2 Classification Weight Oct. 2016 Oct./ Sept. Sept./Aug. q-o-q (1)
47 Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 118.6 1.4 0.3 0.7
471 Non-specialised stores 370 111.6 0.1 0.5 1.1
472 to 477 Specialised stores 572 123.0 2.4 0.3 0.4
472 Retail sale of food, beverages and tobacco in specialised stores 48 136.0 1.7 1.8 2.7
473 Retail sale of automotive fuel 77 93.9 –0.7 –1.6 –0.8
474 Retail sale of information and communication equipment 28 187.2 3.7 3.3 0.6
475 Retail sale of other household equipment 113 104.8 1.9 –0.5 –0.9
476 Retail sale of cultural and recreation goods 48 109.5 1.8 0.7 1.7
477 Retail sale of other goods in specialised stores 259 132.6 3.2 0.2 0.4
478 et 479 Retail trade not in stores 58 120.9 0.4 –1.4 2.2
45 Wholesale and retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 114.2 0.1 0.1 2.0
451 Sale of motor vehicles 671 111.0 0.1 0.2 2.6
452 Maintenance and repair of motor vehicles 78 104.7 –0.6 0.6 1.3
453 Sale of motor vehicle parts and accessories 227 129.4 0.3 –0.5 0.8
454 Sale, maintenance and repair of motorcycles and related parts and accessories 24 92.7 –1.2 3.3 3.8
I Accommodation and food service activities 1000 111.3 –0.8 0.4 1.3
55 Accommodation 239 101.1 –3.3 1.4 –1.3
56 Food and beverage service activities 761 114.4 –0.1 0.1 2.0
561 Restaurants… 560 114.8 –0.5 0.6 2.5
562 Event catering… 119 106.2 2.0 –1.3 –1.3
563 Beverage serving activities 82 123.7 –0.2 –1.4 2.7
R+S Household services 1000 112.7 0.9 –0.8 0.1
R Arts, entertainment and recreation 422 119.9 0.2 0.0 –2.2
90 Creative, arts and entertainment activities 116 100.4 –8.1 –2.2 –1.4
91 Libraries, archives, museums… 10 133.3 3.0 2.3 2.1
92 Gambling and betting activities 106 115.2 –1.3 3.2 –2.7
93 Sports activities and amusement... 190 133.9 5.2 –0.5 –2.5
S Other service activities 578 107.4 1.5 –1.5 2.0
95 Repair of computers… 206 92.3 5.1 –2.9 0.4
96 Other personal service activities 372 115.7 0.0 –0.9 2.8
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months /previous three months.
  • Source: INSEE

Downturn in accommodation and food services

In October, the sales volume fell back in accommodation and food service activities (−0.8% after +0.4% in September). This decrease came from the sharp decline in accommodation (−3.3% after +1.4% in September) whereas the sale volume remained virtually stable in food and beverage service activities (−0.1% after +0.1%). Within food and beverage service activities, the decline in restaurants and fast food activities (−0.5% after +0.6%) was practically offset by the rebound in event catering and other food services (+2.0% after −1.3%).

The sales volume of the whole sector improved over the last three months (+1.3% q-o-q) and year on year (+2.8% y-o-y).

Upturn in household services

In October, the sales volume in household services recovered (+0.9% after −0.8% in September). This increase was mainly owed to the strong bounce-back in repair of computers (+5.1% after −2.9%) and in sports activities and amusement. (+5.2% after −0.5%). However, the sales volume fell in creative, arts and entertainment activities (−8.1% after −2.2%) and in gambling and betting activities (−1.3% after +3.2%).

The sales volume in household services was virtually stable over the last three months (+0.1% q-o-q) and increased year on year (+3.6% y-o-y).

Revisions

The variation in the sales volume for September 2016 has been raised by 0.1 points in retail trade, except of motor vehicles and lowered by 0.3 points in household services. It is unchanged in the other sectors.

In November 2016, the turnover was almost unchanged in large-scale food retailing

In November 2016, the turnover in large-scale food retailing was practically stable (−0.1% after −0.5% in October). Sales of food products levelled off after a 2.3 percent decline in October while those of non food-products fell back (−1.5% after +0.5%). The sales of automotive fuel went on increasing (+1.5% after +3.1% in October).

Table4 – Monthly turnover indices in large-scale food retailing

SA-WDA value, Base year 2010
Monthly turnover indices in large-scale food retailing
Change in %
Nov. 16/ Oct. 16 Oct. 16/ Sept. 16 q-o-q (1) y-o-y (1)
Turnover –0.1 –0.5 0.7 0.7
Including
Sales of food products 0.0 –2.3 0.9 0.7
Sales of non-food products –1.5 0.5 –0.8 –1.7
Sales of automotive fuel 1.5 3.1 4.6 2.7
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months / previous three months.
  • Source: INSEE - Monthly survey on large scale food retailing (Emagsa)