In May 2017, the sales volume in overall trade recovered (+1.6%)Sales volume in wholesale and retail trade - May 2017

In May 2017, the sales volume in overall trade bounced back (+1.6%) after a decrease of 1.3% in April. It recovered in wholesale trade (+1.8% after −1.5%) and in trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+3.6% after −3.1%). It picked up slightly in retail trade (+0.5% 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 May 2017, the sales volume in overall trade bounced back (+1.6%) after a decrease of 1.3% in April. It recovered in wholesale trade (+1.8% after −1.5%) and in trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+3.6% after −3.1%). It picked up slightly in retail trade (+0.5% after −0.3%).

The sales volume in overall trade rose by 1.3% over the last three months

Over the last three months, the sales volume in overall trade went up by 1.3% compared to the previous three months. It rose sharply in wholesale trade (+1.5%). It went up more moderately in retail trade (+0.9%) – it increased by 1.0% in specialised stores, by 0.6% in non-specialised stores and by 1.8% in retail trade not in stores. It rose markedly in retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+1.3%).

The sales volume rose by 2.8% over a year

Over the last three months, the sales volume in overall trade rose by 2.8% year-on-year. It rose sharply in retail trade (+3.3%) – it grew in specialised stores (+3.1%) and non-specialised stores (+3.6%) as well as in retail trade not in stores (+3.6%). It also increased in wholesale trade (+1.7%). It went up substantially in trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+6.4%).

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 May/ Apr Apr/ Mar q-o-q (1) y-o-y (2)
G Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles 10000 1.6 –1.3 1.3 2.8
45 Wholesale and retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1248 3.6 –3.1 1.3 6.4
46 Wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 5748 1.8 –1.5 1.5 1.7
47 Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 3004 0.5 –0.3 0.9 3.3
471 Retail sale in non- specialised stores 1112 0.4 0.3 0.6 3.6
472 to 477 Retail sale in specialised stores 1718 0.6 –0.7 1.0 3.1
478 and 479 Retail trade not in stores 174 1.2 0.1 1.8 3.6
  • (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

Rebound in wholesale trade

In May 2017, the sales volume in whosesale trade bounced back (1.8% after −1.5% in April). All sectors increased except wholesale trade of other machinery, equipment and supplies which was virtually stable. It recovered markedly in wholesale of household goods (+3.4% after −2.6%) and in other specialised wholesale (+2.3% after −2.6%). It gathered pace for wholesalers on a fee or contract basis (+1.4% after +0.6%). It bounced back in wholesale of food, beverages and tobacco (+1.3% after −0.6%) and in non specialised wholesale trade (+2.7% after −3.2%). It went up again in wholesalers of information and communication (+1.3% after +0.6%) and bounced back in wholesale of agricultural raw materials and live animals (+1.1% after −3.0%).

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

In May 2017, the sales volume in trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles bounced back sharply (+3.6% after −3.1%), with an increase in all sectors – sale of motor vehicles (+3.5% after −3.7%), sale of motor vehicle parts and accessories (+4.8% after −1.7%), maintenance and repair of motor vehicles (+0.7% after −2.4%) and sale and repair of motorcycles (+1.5% after −3.2%).

Slight rebound in sales volume of retail trade

In May 2017, the sales volume in retail trade recovered slightly (+0.5% after −0.3% in April). Among specialised stores, it bounced back in retail trade of other goods (+1.5% after −1.2%) and in retail sale of information and communication equipment (+0.9% after −2.7%). By contrast, it fell back in retail sale of other household equipment (−0.6% after −1.5%), in retail sale of automotive fuel (−0.7% after +1.4%), in retail sale of food, beverages and tobacco (−0.6% after +0.3%) and in retail sale of cultural and recreation goods (−0.2% after +2.1%). The sales volume rose slightly again in non-specialised stores (+0.4% after +0.3%).

According to the first early estimates, the sales volume in retail trade except of motor vehicles and motorcycles should fall back in June 2017 (−0.4%). However, year on year, it should continue to rise markedly (+2.9%).

Revisions

The variation in the sales volume of overall trade in April 2017 is unchanged at −1.3%.

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 May 2017 May/ Apr Apr/ Mar q-o-q (1)
G Wolesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles 10000 114.1 1.6 −1.3 1.3
45 Wholesale and retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and moto. 1248 120.8 3.6 −3.1 1.3
451 Sale of motor vehicles 837 116.6 3.5 −3.7 0.9
452 Maintenance and repair of motor vehicles 97 107.9 0.7 −2.4 –0.3
453 Sale of motor vehicle parts and accessories 283 140.4 4.8 −1.7 2.6
454 Sale, maintenance and repair of moto. and related parts and accessories 31 94.6 1.5 −3.2 3.4
46 Wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and moto. 5748 109.4 1.8 −1.5 1.5
461 Wholesale on a fee or contract basis 869 122.0 1.4 0.6 1.9
462 Wholesale of agricultural raw materials and live animals 319 93.4 1.1 −3.0 2.2
463 Wholesale of food, beverages and tobacco 992 109.0 1.3 −0.6 3.0
464 Wholesale of household goods 1196 114.8 3.4 −2.6 0.4
465 Wholesale of information and communication equipment 349 119.5 1.3 0.6 2.0
466 Wholesale of other machinery, equipmt and supplies 721 109.0 0.1 −1.9 3.4
467 Other specialised wholesale 1138 94.1 2.3 −2.6 –0.2
469 Non specialised wholesale trade 164 121.7 2.7 −3.2 –0.6
47 Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and moto. 3004 120.5 0.5 −0.3 0.9
471 Non-specialised stores 1112 113.7 0.4 0.3 0.6
472 to 477 Specialised stores 1718 124.4 0.6 −0.7 1.0
472 Retail sale of food, beverages and tobacco 144 138.4 −0.6 0.3 1.9
473 Retail sale of automotive fuel 231 95.6 −0.7 1.4 –0.9
474 Retail sale of information and communication equipmt 84 186.7 0.9 −2.7 2.5
475 Retail sale of other household equipment 338 105.0 −0.6 −1.5 0.7
476 Retail sale of cultural and recreation goods 143 110.5 −0.2 2.1 1.4
477 Retail sale of other goods 778 134.7 1.5 −1.2 1.1
478 et 479 Retail trade not in stores 174 125.0 1.2 0.1 1.8
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months / previous three months.
  • Sources: DGFiP, INSEE

Table3 – Revision of variations

in percentage points
Revision of variations
Apr/ Mar Mar/ Feb. Feb./ Jan. Q1 2017/ Q4 2016 2016/ 2015
G Overall trade 0.01 0.01 0.02 0.10 0.02
Raw series −0.02 0.06 −0.02 0.05 0.03
SA-WDA parameters 0.03 −0.05 0.04 0.05 −0.01
  • How to read: in the wholesale and retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles, the SA-WDA variation between March and April is virtually unchanged: the series is revised by +0.01 points: −0.02 points due to the revision of raw data, +0.03 points to the update of SA-WDA parameters.
  • Sources: DGFiP, INSEE