In January 2017, services output rose sharply (+1.1%)Index of services production - January 2017

In January 2017, output grew in services (+1.1%) after a slight drop in December (−0.2%).

All series are seasonnally (SA) and working-day adjusted (WDA).

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In January 2017, output grew in services (+1.1%) after a slight drop in December (−0.2%).

Services output rose over the last three months

Over the past three months, services production increased by 1.5% compared to the previous three months.

It rose sharply in real estate activities (+4.3%). It also grew in business support activities (+1.2%), particularly in administrative and business service activities (+1.9%). It rose markedly in transportation and storage (+2.4%) and household services (+3.2%) and more moderatly in accomodation and food service activities (+0.7%). By contrast, it declined slightly in information and communication (−0.2%).

It grew markedly over a year

In services, output of the last three months rose sharply year on year (+3.5%).

Over the same period, it went up in all sectors. It increased significantly in business support (+4.0%), notably in administrative and business service activities (+6.3%). It rose sharply in real estate activities (+3.8%), information and communication (+2.7%), transportation and storage (+2.9%), household services (+4.9%) and food and beverage service activities (+2.7%)

Graph1 – Index of services production

Table1 – Variation in the services production

2010 based, SA-WDA
Variation in the services production
Change in %
Weight * Jan./ Dec. Dec./ Nov. q-o-q (1) y-o-y (2)
Index of services production 10000 1.1 −0.2 1.5 3.5
H Transportation and storage 1601 1.2 1.1 2.4 2.9
I Accomodation and food service activities 926 0.4 0.1 0.7 2.7
J Information and communication 1745 2.6 −3.2 −0.2 2.7
L Real estate activities 1064 −3.4 0.6 4.3 3.8
M+N Business support 4020 1.7 0.5 1.2 4.0
M Specialised, scientific and technical activities 2210 2.5 0.6 0.6 2.1
N Administrative and business service activities 1810 0.7 0.3 1.9 6.3
R+S Household ervices 644 1.0 0.3 3.2 4.9
  • *Weight (10 000 = H…S excepting K, O, P, Q)
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months / previous three months
  • (2) Year-on-year: last three months / same three months of previous year
  • Source: INSEE Acceleration in business support

In January 2017, output in business support activities gathered pace markedly (+1.7% after +0.5% in December).

It rose strongly in specialised, scientific and technical activities (+2.5% after +0.6% in December), particularly in architecture and engineering activities (+4.6%) and legal and accounting activities (+3.6%). By contrast, it plummeted in other specialised, scientific and technical activities (−6.9%).

Output grew again in administrative and business support activities (+0.7% after +0.3%). It bounced back sharply in employment activities (+4.3%) and travel agency and tour operators (+5.1%). However, it shrank in rental and leasing activities (−1.3%) and other administrative and business support activities (−1.0%).

Sharp rebound in information and communication

In January, output in information and communication recovered markedly (+2.6%) after a significant downturn in December (−3.2%). It picked up strongly in telecommunications (+6.4% after −6.6%). It bounced back in computer programming (+1.7%) and information services (+4.3%). By contrast, it declined again in publishing activities (−1.1%) and decreased in motion picture production, sound recording and music publishing activities (−4.4%).

Further increase in transportation and storage

Output in transportation and storage grew again in Januray (+1.2% after +1.1% in December). In particular, it rose in land transport (+2.3%), warehousing and support for transportation (+0.9%) and in air transport (+1.8% after −2.9%). By contrast, it shrank in water transport (−3.5% after +12.9%).

Slight rise in accomodation and food service activities

In January, output grew slightly in accomodation and food service activities (+0.4% after +0.1% in December). It accelerated slightly in food and beverage service activities (+0.5% after +0.2%) and recovered in accomodation (+0.3% after −0.1%).

Marked fall in real estate activities

Output in real estate activities went down sharply in January (−3.4%) after a slight rise in December (+0.6%).

Table2 – Variation in services production

2010 based, SA-WDA
Variation in services production
Changes in %
Weight * Jan. 2017 Jan./ Dec. Dec./ Nov. q-o-q (1)
Index of services production 10000 120.0 1.1 −0.2 1.5
H transportation and storage 1601 112.8 1.2 1.1 2.4
49 Land transport… 686 116.4 2.3 0.0 0.8
50 Water transport 63 175.7 −3.5 12.9 15.2
51 Air transport 129 105.4 1.8 −2.9 4.5
52 Warehousing and support for transportation 563 112.6 0.9 1.9 2.1
53 Postal and courier activities 161 79.1 0.4 −1.5 1.9
I Accomodation and food service activities 926 114.1 0.4 0.1 0.7
55 Accomodation 211 106.0 0.3 −0.1 2.2
56 Food and beverage service activities 715 116.5 0.5 0.2 0.3
J Information-communication 1745 128.6 2.6 −3.2 −0.2
58 Publishing activities 220 99.1 −1.1 −2.7 0.4
59 Motion picture, sound recording, music publishing 124 111.8 −4.4 0.1 1.1
60 Programming and broadcasting activities 68 127.8 −0.1 2.6 4.1
61 Telecommunications 558 134.2 6.4 −6.6 −3.3
62 Computer programming... 683 134.1 1.7 −1.7 1.4
63 Information services 92 147.2 4.3 −3.2 2.2
L Real estate activities 1064 108.3 −3.4 0.6 4.3
M Specialised, scientific and technical activities 2210 120.7 2.5 0.6 0.6
69 Legal and accounting activities 496 119.9 3.6 −1.1 1.9
70 Activities of head offices and management consultancy 665 123.5 1.8 0.4 1.6
71 Architecture and engineering activities 465 127.2 4.6 4.8 2.0
72 Scientific research and development 313 102.0 2.2 2.0 −4.8
73 Advertising and market research 171 114.8 3.1 −4.8 0.5
74 Other professional, scientific and technical activities 71 154.5 −6.9 −1.7 −3.4
75 Veterinary activities 29 124.5 0.0 −1.6 −0.9
N Adminsitrative and business service activities 1810 127.1 0.7 0.3 1.9
77 Rental and lelasing activities 545 124.8 −1.3 0.4 1.7
78 Employment activities 512 133.4 4.3 −0.4 2.6
79 Travel agency, tour operator 45 117.8 5.1 −2.8 2.9
80 Security and investigation 109 125.3 1.0 −1.4 0.6
81 Services to building and landscape anctivities 248 121.4 −0.8 2.5 0.8
82 Other administrative and business support activities 351 127.1 −1.0 0.6 2.0
R Arts, entertainment and recreation 306 128.5 1.6 0.8 4.4
S Other personal services 338 111.5 0.4 −0.2 2.0
  • *Weight (10 000 = H…S excepting K, O, P, Q)
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months / previous three months
  • Source: INSEE