In November 2016, the sales volume accelerated in trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles and in household servicesSales volume in the retail trade and personal services - November 2016

In November 2016, the sales volume accelerated in trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+2.3% after +0.2% in October) and in household services (+1.8% after +0.6%). It recovered in accommodation and food service activities (+0.5% after −0.7%) and levelled off in retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles.

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 November 2016, the sales volume accelerated in trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+2.3% after +0.2% in October) and in household services (+1.8% after +0.6%). It recovered in accommodation and food service activities (+0.5% after −0.7%) and levelled off in retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles.

Graph1 – Sales volume in the retail trade and personal services

  • Source: Insee

Pause in retail trade

The sales volume in retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles flattened out in November 2016, after a significant increase in October (+1.5%). According to early estimates, it should rise again in December (+0.8%).

The sales volume edged down in specialised stores (−0,2% after +2.4%), especially in the retail sale of other goods (clothes, pharmacy, etc.: −0.3% after +3.2% in October).

However it accelerated in retail trade not in stores (+1.3% after +0.5%). It was virtually stable in non-specialised stores (+0.1%).

The sales volume in retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles increased over the last three months (+1.6%, q-o-q) and year on year (+3.5% 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 Nov./ Oct. Oct./ Sept. q-o-q (1) y-o-y (2)
47 Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 0.0 1.5 1.6 3.5
471 Retail sale in non-specialised stores 370 0.1 0.2 1.3 3.0
472 to 477 Retail sale in specialised stores 572 –0.2 2.4 1.7 3.7
478 and 479 Retail trade not in stores 58 1.3 0.5 1.7 4.5
45 Trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 2.3 0.2 2.9 6.4
I Accommodation and food service activities 1000 0.5 –0.7 0.7 3.1
R+S Household services 1000 1.8 0.6 0.1 4.8
R Arts, entertainment and recreation 422 2.2 0.2 –1.5 9.4
S Other service activities 578 1.4 1.0 1.5 1.3
  • (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 %
Dec. 2016/ Nov. 2016 Dec. 2016/ Dec. 2015
47 Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 0.8 3.8
  • * Econometric estimate from a set of sources available within 30 days after the end of the reference month
  • Source: INSEE

Strenghtening in trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles

The sales volume in trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles gathered pace significantly in November (+2.3% after +0.2%). It increased in all sectors but it was mainly supported by sale of motor vehicles (+2.1%) and by sale of motor vehicle parts and accessories (+2.8%).

The sales volume of the whole sector rose over the last three months (+2.9%, q-o-q) and sharply year on year (+6.4% y-o-y).

Table3 – Sales volume in retail trade and personal services

SA-WDA volume, Base year 2010
Sales volume in retail trade and personal services
Change in %
NACE Rev.2 Classification Weight Nov. 2016 Nov./ Oct. Oct./Sept. q-o-q (1)
47 Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 119.0 0.0 1.5 1.6
471 Non-specialised stores 370 112.1 0.1 0.2 1.3
472 to 477 Specialised stores 572 123.1 –0.2 2.4 1.7
472 Retail sale of food, beverages and tobacco in specialised stores 48 136.8 0.5 1.7 3.8
473 Retail sale of automotive fuel 77 95.4 0.2 –0.2 1.6
474 Retail sale of information and communication equipment 28 187.1 –0.2 3.4 3.7
475 Retail sale of other household equipment 113 105.0 0.1 2.0 –0.1
476 Retail sale of cultural and recreation goods 48 107.9 –1.7 1.6 1.5
477 Retail sale of other goods in specialised stores 259 132.5 –0.3 3.2 1.8
478 et 479 Retail trade not in stores 58 123.1 1.3 0.5 1.7
45 Wholesale and retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 117.3 2.3 0.2 2.9
451 Sale of motor vehicles 671 113.8 2.1 0.2 3.3
452 Maintenance and repair of motor vehicles 78 107.9 2.5 –0.5 2.2
453 Sale of motor vehicle parts and accessories 227 133.3 2.8 0.6 1.9
454 Sale, maintenance and repair of motorcycles and related parts and accessories 24 93.2 0.4 –1.2 4.2
I Accommodation and food service activities 1000 111.9 0.5 –0.7 0.7
55 Accommodation 239 103.5 1.6 –2.8 –0.5
56 Food and beverage service activities 761 114.6 0.1 –0.1 1.0
561 Restaurants… 560 115.3 0.3 –0.5 1.5
562 Event catering… 119 105.2 –0.7 1.9 –0.8
563 Beverage serving activities 82 123.0 0.1 –0.4 –0.2
R+S Household services 1000 114.8 1.8 0.6 0.1
R Arts, entertainment and recreation 422 122.8 2.2 0.2 –1.5
90 Creative, arts and entertainment activities 116 109.6 8.8 –7.9 –2.1
91 Libraries, archives, museums… 10 133.0 –0.3 2.8 3.8
92 Gambling and betting activities 106 117.3 1.7 –1.5 –1.0
93 Sports activities and amusement... 190 133.5 –0.4 5.3 –1.6
S Other service activities 578 109.0 1.4 1.0 1.5
95 Repair of computers… 206 91.1 –0.7 3.3 0.7
96 Other personal service activities 372 118.8 2.3 –0.1 1.8
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months / previous three months.
  • Source: INSEE

Rebound in accommodation and food services

In November 2016, the sales volume recovered in accommodation and food service activities (+0.5% after −0.7% in October). This rebound was due to accommodation (+1.6% after −2.8%). Food and beverage service activities remained virtually stable with a slight recovery in restaurants and fast food activities (+0.3% after −0.5%) offset by a downturn in event catering and other food services (−0.7% after +1.9%).

The sales volume of the whole sector increased over the last three months (+0.7% q-o-q) and year on year (+3.1% y-o-y).

Acceleration in household services

In November, the sales volume in household services increased faster (+1.8% after +0.6% in October). This increase was mainly owed to the strong rebound in creative, arts and entertainment activities (+8.8% after −7.9%), in other personal service activities (hairdressing, beauty care, etc.: +2.3% after −0.1%) and in gambling and betting activities (+1.7% after −1.5%). On the other hand, the sales volume fell back mostly in repair of computers (−0.7% after +3.3% in October) and in sports activities and amusement (−0.4% after +5.3%).

The sales volume in household services was virtually stable over the last three months (+0.1% q-o-q) and increased strongly year on year (+4.8% y-o-y).

Revisions

The variation in the sales volume for October 2016 lowered by 0.3 points in household services. It has been raised by 0.1 points in all other sectors.

In December 2016, the turnover edged up in large-scale food retailing

In December 2016, the turnover in large-scale food retailing rose slightly (+0.3% after a stability in November). Sales of automotive fuel accelerated (+3.9% after +1.8%) and those of food products edged up (+0.4% after −0.1% in November). However, sales of non food-products slipped again (−4.8% after −1.5%).

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 %
Dec. 16/ Nov. 16 Nov. 16/ Oct. 16 q-o-q (1) y-o-y (1)
Turnover 0.3 0.0 0.2 0.6
Including
Sales of food products 0.4 –0.1 –0.9 –0.1
Sales of non-food products –4.8 –1.5 –2.4 –1.7
Sales of automotive fuel 3.9 1.8 7.0 6.0
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months / previous three months.
  • Source: INSEE - Monthly survey on large scale food retailing (Emagsa)