In December 2016, the sales volume declined in the whole retail tradeSales volume in the retail trade and personal services - December 2016

In December 2016, the sales volume decreased in retail trade (−0.5% after a stability in November) and declined in trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (−1.1% after +2.2%). It rose slightly in accommodation and food service activities (+0.3% after +0.5%) and levelled off in household services (+0.1% after +1.8%).

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Paru le : 02/28/2017

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).

From next month onwards, turnover and sales volume releases for the third sector will be all in volume and by aggregated sector (trade / services). EMAGSA survey results will be released in a specific issue.

In December 2016, the sales volume decreased in retail trade (−0.5% after a stability in November) and declined in trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (−1.1% after +2.2%). It rose slightly in accommodation and food service activities (+0.3% after +0.5%) and levelled off in household services (+0.1% after +1.8%).

Graph1 – Sales volume in the retail trade and personal services

  • Source: INSEE

Decline in retail trade

The sales volume in retail trade except of motor vehicles and motorcycles shrank in December 2016, (−0.5%) after a stability in November. According to early estimates, it should go on falling in January 2017 (−0.9%).

The sales volume decreased again in specialised stores (−0.6% after −0.2%), especially in the retail sale of other goods (perfumes, clothes, etc.: −0.4%), in the retail trade of food (−2.0%) and in that of information and communication equipment (−1.9%).

It fell back slightly in non specialised stores (−0.2% after +0.1%) and significantly in retail trade not in stores (−1.8% after +1.3%).

The sales volume in retail trade except of motor vehicles and motorcycles increased sharply over the last quarter 2016 (+1.6%, q-o-q) and year on year (+3.6% 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 Dec./ Nov. Nov./Oct. q-o-q (1) y-o-y (2)
47 Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 –0.5 0.0 1.6 3.6
471 Retail sale in non-specialized stores 370 –0.2 0.1 0.7 2.9
472 to 477 Retail sale in specialized stores 572 –0.6 –0.2 2.2 4.1
478 and 479 Retail trade not in stores 58 –1.8 1.3 1.1 2.8
45 Trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 –1.1 2.2 2.7 7.8
I Accommodation and food service activities 1000 0.3 0.5 0.1 2.3
R+S Household services 1000 0.1 1.8 1.3 4.5
R Arts, entertainment and recreation 422 –0.4 2.2 –0.3 8.4
S Other service activities 578 0.6 1.5 2.6 1.5
  • (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 %
Jan. 2017/ Dec. 2016 Jan. 2017/ Jan. 2016
47 Retail trade. except of motor vehicles and motorcycles –0.9 0.9
  • * Econometric estimate from a set of sources available within 30 days after the end of the reference month
  • Source: INSEE

Sharp downturn in trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles

The sales volume in trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles slipped back sharply in December 2016 (−1.1%) after a significant acceleration in November (+2.2%). The decrease affected all subsectors but was particularly marked in sale of motor vehicle parts and accessories (−3.3%).

The sales volume of the whole sector rose sharply over the last quarter 2016 (+2.7%. q-o-q) and considerably year on year (+7.8% 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 Dec. 2016 Dec./ Nov. Nov./Oct. q-o-q (1)
47 Retail trade. except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 118.2 –0.5 0.0 1.6
471 Non-specialised stores 370 111.8 –0.2 0.1 0.7
472 to 477 Specialised stores 572 122.2 –0.6 –0.2 2.2
472 Retail sale of food. beverages and tobacco in specialised stores 48 133.2 –2.0 0.0 2.9
473 Retail sale of automotive fuel 77 95.5 0.1 0.2 –0.4
474 Retail sale of information and communication equipment 28 181.2 –1.9 –0.6 3.6
475 Retail sale of other household equipment 113 104.4 –0.4 0.0 1.4
476 Retail sale of cultural and recreation goods 48 107.4 –0.1 –2.1 0.9
477 Retail sale of other goods in specialised stores 259 132.2 –0.4 –0.1 2.9
478 et 479 Retail trade not in stores 58 120.2 –1.8 1.3 1.1
45 Wholesale and retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1000 116.0 –1.1 2.2 2.7
451 Sale of motor vehicles 671 113.7 –0.2 2.1 3.4
452 Maintenance and repair of motor vehicles 78 106.6 –1.4 2.5 1.8
453 Sale of motor vehicle parts and accessories 227 128.7 –3.3 2.7 1.3
454 Sale. maintenance and repair of motorcycles and related parts and accessories 24 91.4 –1.6 0.4 1.2
I Accommodation and food service activities 1000 112.1 0.3 0.5 0.1
55 Accommodation 239 104.8 0.8 2.0 –0.8
56 Food and beverage service activities 761 114.4 0.2 0.1 0.3
561 Restaurants… 560 115.1 0.0 0.2 0.4
562 Event catering… 119 105.9 0.5 –0.5 0.7
563 Beverage serving activities 82 122.3 0.8 0.0 –1.0
R+S Household services 1000 114.9 0.1 1.8 1.3
R Arts. entertainment and recreation 422 122.4 –0.4 2.2 –0.3
90 Creative. arts and entertainment activities 116 114.0 4.3 8.7 –1.7
91 Libraries. archives. museums… 10 133.9 0.7 –0.5 3.2
92 Gambling and betting activities 106 121.8 2.4 2.3 2.4
93 Sports activities and amusement... 190 127.2 –4.3 –0.8 –1.1
S Other service activities 578 109.5 0.6 1.5 2.6
95 Repair of computers… 206 94.9 2.9 –0.3 5.1
96 Other personal service activities 372 117.5 –0.4 2.3 1.5
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months / previous three months.
  • Source: INSEE

Slight rise in accommodation and food services

In December 2016, the sales volume grew slightly in accommodation and food service activities (+0.3% after +0.5% in November). It slowed down a little in accommodation (+0.8% after +2.0%). It increased slightly in food and beverage service activities (+0.2% after +0.1%) thanks to the rebound in beverage serving activities (+0.8% after a stability) and in event catering and other food services (+0.5% after −0.5%).

The sales volume of the whole sector was broadly steady over the last quarter 2016 (+0.1% q-o-q) and rose year on year (+2.3% y-o-y).

Near stability in household services

In December, the sales volume in household services was virtually stable (+0.1%) after an acceleration in November (+1.8%). The strong decrease of sales volume in sports activities and amusement (−4.3%) was offset by increases in repair of computers (+2.9%), in creative, arts and entertainment activities (+4.3%) and in gambling and betting activities (+2.4%).

The sales volume in household services grew strongly over the fourth quarter (+1.3% q-o-q) and year on year (+4.5% y-o-y).

Revisions

The variation in the sales volume for November 2016 was lowered by 0.1 points in retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motocycles. It was inchanged in all other sectors.

In January 2017, the turnover grew again in large-scale food retailing

In January 2017, the turnover in large-scale food retailing rose at the same pace as in December 2016 (+0.3%). Sales of automotive fuel accelerated again (+6.7% after +4.9% in December). Those of non-food products picked up sharply (+4.7% after −4.8%). However, sales of food products declined (−1.4% after +0.4%).

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 %
Jan. 17/ Dec. 16 Dec. 16/ Nov. 16 q-o-q (1) y-o-y (1)
Turnover 0.3 0.3 0.4 0.8
Including
Sales of food products –1.4 0.4 –1.0 –0.5
Sales of non-food products 4.7 –4.8 –3.0 –2.7
Sales of automotive fuel 6.7 4.9 11.1 12.6
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months / previous three months.
  • Source: INSEE - Monthly survey on large scale food retailing (Emagsa)