In December 2016, the turnover fell back in wholesale trade and in information and communicationTurnover in the wholesale trade and business services - December 2016

In December 2016, the turnover fell back in the wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles (−0.6% after +2.2% in November), in information and communication (−2.9% after +2.3%) and in real estate activities (−2.0% after +5.6%). By contrast, it gathered pace in transportation and storage (+2.0% after +0.2%) and rose slightly in business support (+0.3% after +1.2%).

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Every index in this issue is in value (tax excluded), seasonally and working day adjusted (SA-WDA). From next month onwards, turnover and sales volume releases for the third sector will be all in volume and by aggregated sector (trade / services).

In December 2016, the turnover fell back in the wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles (−0.6% after +2.2% in November), in information and communication (−2.9% after +2.3%) and in real estate activities (−2.0% after +5.6%). By contrast, it gathered pace in transportation and storage (+2.0% after +0.2%) and rose slightly in business support (+0.3% after +1.2%).

Graph1 – Wholesale trade and business services

  • Source: INSEE

Downturn in wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles

The turnover in wholesale trade except of motor vehicles and motorcycles fell back in December (−0.6%) after a rebound in November (+2.2%).It shrank for wholesalers of food, beverages and tobacco (−2.6% after +0.8%), wholesalers of other machinery, equipment and supplies (−5.1% after +4.6%) and wholesalers of agricultural raw materials and live animals (−3.8% after +4.5%). By contrast, it accelerated considerably for non specialised wholesalers (+12.6% after +1.9%) and more modestly for other specialised wholesalers (+2.5% after +1.9%).

The turnover in wholesale trade except of motor vehicles and motorcycles rose markedly over the fourth quarter of 2016 (+1.3% q-o-q) and over a year (+1.3% y-o-y).

Sharp downturn in information and communication

In December, the turnover in information and communication fell back markedly (−2.9%) after having bounced back in November (+2.3%). It shrank in telecommunications (−5.1%), publishing activities (−4.0%), computer programming, consultancy and related activities (−1.4%) and information service activities (−5.5%). Conversely, it recovered markedly in programming and broadcasting activities (+5.8%).

The turnover in information and communication stagnated over the fourth quarter but rose over a year (+2.6%).

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

SA-WDA value, Base year 2010
Variation in the turnover in the wholesale trade and business services
Change in %
Nace classification Weight Dec./Nov. Nov./Oct. q-o-q (1) y-o-y (2)
46 Wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 −0.6 2.2 1.3 1.3
H Transportation and storage 1000 2.0 0.2 2.4 2.7
J Information and communication 1000 −2.9 2.3 0.0 2.6
L Real estate activities 1000 −2.0 5.6 2.2 0.9
M+N Business support activities 1000 0.3 1.2 1.4 2.8
M Professional, scientific and technical activities 585 0.4 1.2 0.6 0.3
N Administrative and support service activities 415 0.1 1.3 2.4 6.2
  • (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

Marked downturn in real estate activities

The turnover in real estate activities fell back sharply in December (−2.0%) after a strong rebound in November (+5.6%). However, it rose over the fourth quarter (+2.2%) and over a year (+0.9%).

Acceleration in transportation and storage

In December, the turnover in transportation and storage gathered pace (+2.0% after +0.2%). It bounced back abruptly in water transport (+22.0% after −10.0%). It rose in warehousing and support activities for transportation (+1.3%) and in air transport (+3.3%). By contrast, it declined slightly in land transport (−0.7%).

The turnover in transportation and storage increased sharply over the fourth quarter (+2.4%) and over a year (+2.7%).

Slight growth in business support

The turnover in business support activities increase slightly in December (+0.3%) after gathering pacein November (+1.2%).

It slowed down in professional, scientific and technical activities (+0.4% after +1.2% in November). It grew markedly in architectural and engineering activities; technical testing and analysis (+3.6%) and in activities of head offices and management consultancy (+1.1%) whereas it declined strongly in advertising and market research (−4.0%) and other specialised, scientific and technical activities (−5.5%).

The turnover was practically stable in administrative and support service activities (+0.1% after +1.3% in November). It rose in office administrative, office support and other business support (+1.3%) and in services to buildings and landscape activities (+2.0%). By contrast, it decreased in travel agency, tour operator and other reservation service and related activities (−3.6%) and employment activities (−1.3%).

The turnover in business support activities grew sharply over the fourth quarter (+1.4%) and over a year (+2.8%).

Revisions

The variation in the turnover for November 2016 has been revised downwards by 0.3 points in information and communication and in real estate activities. It has been revised upwards by 0.1 points in transportation and storage. It has remained unchanged in the wholesale trade except of motor vehicles and motorcycles and in business support.

Table2 – 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 Classification Weight Dec. 2016 Dec./Nov. Nov./Oct. q-o-q (1)
46 Wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 108.9 −0.6 2.2 1.3
461 Wholesale on a fee or contract basis 151 118.2 −1.6 1.2 0.9
462 Wholesale of agricultural raw materials and live animals 55 101.9 −3.8 4.5 −1.8
463 Wholesale of food, beverages and tobacco 173 112.2 −2.6 0.8 −0.2
464 Wholesale of household goods 208 109.0 0.3 2.9 1.8
465 Wholesale of information and communication equipment 61 106.0 1.6 1.7 0.4
466 Wholesale of other machinery, equipment and supplies 126 107.0 −5.1 4.6 −0.6
467 Other specialised wholesale 198 96.7 2.6 1.9 4.3
469 Non specialised wholesale trade 28,0 151.5 12.6 1.9 6.5
H Transportation and storage 1000 117.0 2.0 0.2 2.4
49 Land transport and transport via pipelines 410 118.0 −0.7 0.0 2.2
50 Water transport 69 139.0 22.0 −10.0 10.0
51 Air transport 89 103.7 3.3 10.8 0.6
52 Warehousing and support activities for transportation 366 118.5 1.3 0.0 1.6
k53 Postal and courier activities 66,0 98.0 0.3 4.2 1.9
J Information and communication 1000 115.3 −2.9 2.3 0.0
58 Publishing activities 153 108.3 −4.0 4.6 0.1
59 Motion picture, video and television programme production… 73 111.0 0.5 6.4 −2.6
60 Programming and broadcasting activities 60 116.4 5.8 −4.1 3.0
61 Telecommunications 399 102.1 −5.1 1.5 −2.6
62 Computer programming, consultancy and related activities 261 135.2 −1.4 1.9 2.8
63 Information service activities 54,0 141.9 −5.5 5.1 2.0
L Real estate activities 1000 116.6 −2.0 5.6 2.2
681 Buying and selling of own real estate 82 135.3 −7.0 11.4 5.6
682 Renting and operating of own or leased real estate 734 114.7 −0.9 7.0 2.1
683 Real estate activities on a fee or contract basis 184,0 116.0 −3.7 −1.9 0.7
M+N Business support activities 1000 126.0 0.3 1.2 1.4
M Professional, scientific and technical activities 585 121.7 0.4 1.2 0.6
69 Legal and accounting activities 90 119.1 −1.3 1.5 0.6
70 Activities of head offices… 241 125.6 1.1 1.9 1.8
71 Architectural and engineering activities… 142 119.4 3.6 −0.1 −0.9
72 Scientific research and development 24 108.7 −0.3 −7.6 −1.5
73 Advertising and market research 63 107.0 −4.0 2.0 0.0
74 Other professional, scientific and technical activities 19 162.9 −5.5 6.2 0.0
75 Veterinary activities 6 131.3 −0.8 0.8 1.3
N Administrative and support service activities 415 132.0 0.1 1.3 2.4
77 Rental and leasing activities 120 128.2 0.5 2.5 1.8
78 Employment activities 74 135.0 −1.3 0.7 2.5
79 Travel agency, tour operator… 35 123.6 −3.6 1.2 5.7
80 Security and investigation activities 20 133.2 −2.0 1.2 1.3
81 Services to buildings and landscape activities 48 126.9 2.0 −0.2 2.8
82 Office administrative, office support and other business support activities 118,0 138.4 1.3 1.0 2.1
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months / previous three months.
  • Source: INSEE