In October 2016, the turnover recovered in transportation, wholesale trade and business activitiesTurnover in the wholesale trade and business services - October 2016

In October 2016, the turnover bounced back strongly in transportation and storage (+3.9%) after a sharp fall in September (−5.2%). It picked up slightly in wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+0.2% after −0.8%) and in business support (+0.4% after −3.1%). By contrast, it fell again in real estate activities (−2.1% after −0.2%) and in information and communication (−0.7% after −0.9%).

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No 340
Paru le : 22/12/2016

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 October 2016, the turnover bounced back strongly in transportation and storage (+3.9%) after a sharp fall in September (−5.2%). It picked up slightly in wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+0.2% after −0.8%) and in business support (+0.4% after −3.1%). By contrast, it fell again in real estate activities (−2.1% after −0.2%) and in information and communication (−0.7% after −0.9%).

Graph1 – Wholesale trade and business services

  • Source: INSEE

Sharp upturn in transportation and storage

In October, the turnover of transportation and storage bounced back vigorously (+3.9%) after a marked fall in September (−5.2%). It picked up notably in water transport (+27.4% after −17.4%), warehousing and support activities for transportation (+4.1% after −5.7%) and in land transport (+3.5% after −4.1%). By contrast, the turnover shrank again in air transport (−9.8%) and in postal and courier activities (−1.6%).

The turnover of transportation and storage rose over the last three months (+0.4% q-o-q) and was practically stable over a year (−0.1% y-o-y).

Slight rebound in wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles

In October, the turnover of wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles recovered slightly (+0.2%) after a decrease in September (−0.8%). It bounced back for other specialised wholesalers (+3.0% after −1.5%), for wholesaleres on a fee or contract basis (+0.7% after −1.7%) and for wholesalers of food, beverages and tobacco (+0.4% after −0.7%). However, it declined for wholesalers of household goods (−1.1%) and for wholesalers of agricultural raw materials and live animals (−3.1%). The turnover of the wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles sector rose over the last three months (+0.4% q-o-q) and year-on-year (+0.5% y-o-y).

Table1 – Variation in the turnover in wholesale trade and business services

SA-WDA value, Base year 2010
Variation in the turnover in wholesale trade and business services
Change in %
NACE rev.2 classification Weight Oct./ Sept. Sept./Aug. q-o-q (1) y-o-y (2)
46 Wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 0.2 −0.8 0.4 0.5
H Transportation and storage 1000 3.9 −5.2 0.4 −0.1
J Information and communication 1000 −0.7 −0.9 0.4 3.8
L Real estate activities 1000 −2.1 −0.2 2.0 1.7
M+N Business support activities 1000 0.4 −3.1 2.2 3.5
M Professional, scientific and technical activities 585 −1.0 −3.3 3.0 2.7
N Administrative and support service activities 415 2.3 −2.9 1.1 4.4
  • (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

Moderate recovery in business support

In October, the turnover in business support activities recovered moderately (+0.4%) after a marked fall in September (−3.1%). It picked up in administrative and support service activities (+2.3% after −2.9%), particularly in office administrative, office support and other business support activities (+3.5%), travel agency, tour operator and other reservation service and related activities (+8.0%) and in employment activities (+2.0%). By contrast, the turnover declined again in professional, scientific and technical activities (−1.0% after −3.3%): it decreased in architectural and engineering activities; technical testing and analysis (−2.7%) and in other professional, scientific or technical activities (−5.8%), whereas it picked up in scientific research and development (+5.7%).

The turnover of business support rose markedly over the last three months (+2.2% q-o-q) and year on year (+3.5% y-o-y).

Marked drop in real estate activities

The turnover of real estate activities declined sharply in October (−2.1%) after a slight fall in September (−0.2%). It rose markedly over the last three months (+2.0% q-o-q) and over a year (+1.7% y-o-y).

Further fall in information and communication

The turnover in information and communication fell again in October (−0.7% after −0.9%). It decreased sharply in telecommunications (−2.0%) and shrank strongly in motion picture, video and television programme production, sound recording and music publishing activities (−6.6%). By contrast, it recovered in computer programming, consultancy and related activities (+0.9%) and in information service activities (+2.3%). The turnover in information and communication increased over the last three months (+0.4%) and sharply over the year (+3.8%).

Revisions

The variation in the turnover for September 2016 has been revised upwards by 0.5 points in real estate activities and by 0.2 points in transportation and storage. It has been revised downwards by 0.5 points in the wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles and in business support activities and by 0.3 points in information and communication. These revisions are due to those of raw data (integration of late information, including changes of sector) and to the updating of the parameters used for the seasonal and working-day adjustment (SA-WDA).

Table2 – 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 rev.2 Classification Weight Oct. 2016 Oct./ Sept. Sept./ Aug. q-o-q (1)
46 Wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 107.1 0.2 −0.8 0.4
461 Wholesale on a fee or contract basis 151 118.3 0.7 −1.7 0.9
462 Wholesale of agricultural raw materials and live animals 55 102.7 −3.1 0.4 −1.8
463 Wholesale of food, beverages and tobacco 173 114.4 0.4 −0.7 1.3
464 Wholesale of household goods 208 105.2 −1.1 −0.1 0.6
465 Wholesale of information and communication equipment 61 102.6 0.3 −1.1 −1.5
466 Wholesale of other machinery, equipment and supplies 126 109.4 −0.7 −0.9 0.8
467 Other specialised wholesale 198 91.9 3.0 −1.5 −0.4
469 Non specialised wholesale trade 28 131.5 −0.6 2.1 0.4
H Transportation and storage 1000 114.1 3.9 −5.2 0.4
49 Land transport and transport via pipelines 410 118.7 3.5 −4.1 2.2
50 Water transport 69 127.6 27.4 −17.4 −5.6
51 Air transport 89 87.8 −9.8 −1.4 1.1
52 Warehousing and support activities for transportation 366 116.5 4.1 −5.7 −0.1
53 Postal and courier activities 66 93.1 −1.6 −0.6 −1.9
J Information and communication 1000 115.6 −0.7 −0.9 0.4
58 Publishing activities 153 106.8 0.2 −3.5 0.8
59 Motion picture, video and television programme production… 73 105.3 −6.6 0.6 3.4
60 Programming and broadcasting activities 60 114.1 1.1 7.4 −0.7
61 Telecommunications 399 105.3 −2.0 −1.2 −1.2
62 Computer programming, consultancy and related activities 261 134.3 0.9 −0.5 1.6
63 Information service activities 54 142.4 2.3 −4.0 0.8
L Real estate activities 1000 112.2 −2.1 −0.2 2.0
681 Buying and selling of own real estate 82 128.8 −3.4 5.1 2.4
682 Renting and operating of own or leased real estate 734 107.2 −2.7 −1.5 0.6
683 Real estate activities on a fee or contract basis 184 124.7 0.8 2.2 7.2
M+N Business support activities 1000 123.7 0.4 −3.1 2.2
M Professional, scientific and technical activities 585 119.8 −1.0 −3.3 3.0
69 Legal and accounting activities 90 118.8 −0.9 0.4 1.3
70 Activities of head offices… 241 121.5 −0.5 −5.8 4.2
71 Architectural and engineering activities… 142 115.7 −2.7 −3.0 3.0
72 Scientific research and development 24 121.4 5.7 −1.0 0.4
73 Advertising and market research 63 109.3 0.0 −0.3 1.6
74 Other professional, scientific and technical activities 19 161.0 −5.8 −1.4 3.5
75 Veterinary activities 6 131.2 0.3 −2.5 3.6
N Administrative and support service activities 415 129.2 2.3 −2.9 1.1
77 Rental and leasing activities 120 120.8 0.3 −2.3 0.9
78 Employment activities 74 135.9 2.0 −2.0 1.9
79 Travel agency, tour operator… 35 126.9 8.0 −5.0 3.1
80 Security and investigation activities 20 134.5 1.3 −1.5 2.4
81 Services to buildings and landscape activities 48 124.3 1.1 −2.4 4.1
82 Office administrative, office support and other business support activities 118 135.3 3.5 −3.8 −0.9
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months / previous three months.
  • Source: INSEE