In April 2017, the sales volume in overall trade fell back (−1.3%)Sales volume in wholesale and retail trade - April 2017

In April 2017, the sales volume in overall trade fell back by 1.3% after an increase of 1.2% in March. However, it rose sharply over a year.

It shrank in wholesale trade (−1.5% after +1.6%). It dropped markedly in trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (−3.0% after +1.8%) and slightly in retail trade (−0.3% after +0.3%).

The commentary shows variations of subsections by decreasing contribution to the overall variation. The contribution of a subsection depends on the extent of the change and on its weight.

In April 2017, the sales volume in overall trade fell back by 1.3% after an increase of 1.2% in March. However, it rose sharply over a year.

It shrank in wholesale trade (−1.5% after +1.6%). It dropped markedly in trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (−3.0% after +1.8%) and slightly in retail trade (−0.3% after +0.3%).

The sales volume in overall trade rose by 0.7% over the last three months

Over the last three months, the sales volume in overall trade went up by 0.7% compared to the previous three months. It rose markedly in retail trade (+1.1%): it increased by 1.3% in specialised stores, by 0.5% in non-specialised stores and by 2.0% in retail trade not in stores. It went up more moderately in wholesale trade (+0.4%) and in retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+0.7%).

The sales volume rose over a year (+2.4%)

Over the last three months, the sales volume in overall trade rose by 2.4% year-on-year. It rose sharply in retail trade (+3.4%) – it grew in specialised stores (+3.4%) and non-specialised stores (+3.4%) as well as in retail trade not in stores (+3.1%). It went up substantially in trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+6.0%). The sales volume in wholesale trade increased more slowly (+1.1%).

Graph1 – Sales volume in wholesale and retail trade ; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles

  • Sources: DGFiP, INSEE

Table1 – Sales volume in the retail trade ; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles

SA-WDA volume, Base year 2010
Sales volume in the retail trade ; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles
Change in %
NACE Classification Weight Apr./Mar. Mar./ Feb. q-o-q (1) y-o-y (2)
G Wholesale and retail trade ; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles 10000 −1.3 1.2 0.7 2.4
45 Wholesale and retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1248 −3.0 1.8 0.7 6.0
46 Wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 5748 −1.5 1.6 0.4 1.1
47 Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 3004 −0.3 0.3 1.1 3.4
471 Retail sale in non-specialised stores 1112 0.2 −0.1 0.5 3.4
472 to 477 Retail sale in specialised stores 1718 −0.5 0.3 1.3 3.4
478 and 479 Retail trade not in stores 174 −1.9 1.8 2.0 3.1
  • (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
  • Sources: DGFiP, INSEE

Downturn in wholesale trade in April

In April 2017, the sales volume in whosesale trade fell back sharply (−1.5% after +1.6% in March), with a decrease in almost all sectors. It went down in wholesale of household goods (−2.4% after +1.7%), other specialised wholesale (−2.6% after +1.2%), wholesale of agricultural raw materials and live animals (−3.3% after +7.4%), wholesale trade of other machinery, equipment and supplies (−1.8% after +3.0%) and wholesale of food, beverages and tobacco (−0.6% after +1.6%). By contrast, it rose slightly again for wholesalers on a fee or contract basis (+0.4% after +0.3%). It was virtually stable for wholesalers of information and communication equipment (after a decrease of 2.2% in March).

Strong backlash in sales volume of trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles

In April 2017, the sales volume in trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles fell back sharply (−3.0% after +1.8%). This decline is mainly due to a backlash in sale of motor vehicles (−3.7% after +2.0%). It shrank also in sale of motor vehicle parts and accessories (−1.5% after +1.8%) and in maintenance and repair of motor vehicles (−2.5% after +0.9%). It dropped again in sale and repair of motorcycles (−3.4% after −1.0%).

Slight downturn in sales volume of retail trade

In April 2017, the sales volume in retail trade fell back slightly (−0.3% after +0.3% in March). It narrowed in specialised stores mainly due to a decrease in retail trade of other goods (−1.3% after −0.2%). By contrast, it grew again in retail sale of food, beverages and tobacco (+2.7% after +1.5%) and recovered in retail sale of automotive fuel (+1.4% after −1.1%). The sales volume rose slightly in non-specialised stores (+0.2%) after a near stability in March.

According to the first early estimates, the sales volume in retail trade except of motor vehicles and motorcycles should rise in May 2017 (+0.8%), taking year-on-year growth to +3.4%.

Revisions

The variation in the sales volume of overall trade in March 2017 has been revised upwards, manly due to the updating of raw data. Initially stated at +0.9%, it has been set at +1.2%.

Table2 – Sales volume in the retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles

SA-WDA volume, Base year 2010
Sales volume in the retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles
Change in %
Nace Classification Weight Apr. 2017 Apr./Mar. Mar./ Feb.. q-o-q (1)
G Wolesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles 10000 112.1 −1.3 1.2 0.7
45 Wholesale and retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and moto. 1248 116.4 −3.0 1.8 0.7
451 Sale of motor vehicles 837 112.4 −3.7 2.0 0.6
452 Maintenance and repair of motor vehicles 97 107.1 −2.5 0.9 0.3
453 Sale of motor vehicle parts and accessories 283 133.7 −1.5 1.8 0.6
454 Sale, maintenance and repair of moto. and related parts and accessories 31 93.0 −3.4 −1.0 6.1
46 Wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and moto. 5748 107.1 −1.5 1.6 0.4
461 Wholesale on a fee or contract basis 869 119.8 0.4 0.3 0.9
462 Wholesale of agricultural raw materials and live animals 319 92.0 −3.3 7.4 −3.8
463 Wholesale of food, beverages and tobacco 992 107.4 −0.6 1.6 2.5
464 Wholesale of household goods 1196 110.3 −2.4 1.7 −2.0
465 Wholesale of information and communication equipment 349 116.8 −0.1 −2.2 2.8
466 Wholesale of other machinery, equipmt and supplies 721 109.3 −1.8 3.0 3.6
467 Other specialised wholesale 1138 92.0 −2.6 1.2 −0.4
469 Non specialised wholesale trade 164 118.1 −3.3 2.5 −2.2
47 Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and moto. 3004 119.9 −0.3 0.3 1.1
471 Non-specialised stores 1112 113.2 0.2 −0.1 0.5
472 to 477 Specialised stores 1718 123.9 −0.5 0.3 1.3
472 Retail sale of food, beverages and tobacco 144 142.6 2.7 1.5 2.7
473 Retail sale of automotive fuel 231 96.3 1.4 −1.1 −0.9
474 Retail sale of information and communication equipmt 84 185.8 −2.2 5.3 0.6
475 Retail sale of other household equipment 338 105.9 −1.2 0.7 1.5
476 Retail sale of cultural and recreation goods 143 110.2 1.7 −1.4 1.9
477 Retail sale of other goods 778 132.4 −1.3 −0.2 1.5
478 et 479 Retail trade not in stores 174 122.6 −1.9 1.8 2.0
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months /previous three months.
  • Sources: DGFiP, INSEE

Table3 – Revision of variations

in percentage points
Revision of variations
Mar./ Feb. Feb./ Jan. Jan./ Dec. Q4 2016/ Q3 2016 2016/ 2015
G Overall trade 0.25 −0.19 0.01 0.02 0.00
Raw series 0.41 −0.41 0.17 0.07 0.00
SA-WDA parameters −0.16 0.22 −0.17 −0.05 0.00
  • How to read: in the wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles, the SA-WDA variation between February 2017 and March 2017 is revised by +0.25 points. +0.41 points are due to the raw series' revision and −0.16 points to the new calculation of the SA-WDA parameters
  • Sources: DGFiP, INSEE