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In August 2017, services output increased again (+1.0%)Index of services production - August 2017

In August 2017, output increased sharply again in services (+1.0% after +1.3% in July).

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In August 2017, output increased sharply again in services (+1.0% after +1.3% in July).

Services output increased sharply over the last three months

Over the last three months (June to August), services production rose by 1.1% compared to the previous three months.

It grew in all sectors, especially in business support (+1.5%) and real estate activities (+2.3%). It increased more modestly in transportation and storage (+0.8%), information and communication (+0.4%), accomodation and food service activities (+0.7%) and household services (+0.3%). In this last sector, arts, entertainment and recreation activities edged down (−0.3%).

Output grew strongly over a year

In services, output of the last three months rose strongly over a year (+4.6%), with an increase in all sectors.

Output went up strongly in business support (+5.4%), be it in administrative and business service activities (+6.9%) or in specialised, scientific and technical activities (+4.2%). It grew sharply in other sectors: transportation and storage (+4.6%), information and communication (+4.1%), accomodation and food service activities (+4.6%), real estate activities (+3.1%) and household services (+2.8%).

Graph1 – Index of services production

  • Sources: DGFiP, INSEE

Table1 – Variation in the services production

2010 based, SA-WDA
Variation in the services production
Change in %
Nace classification Weight (1) Aug. / Jul. Jul. / Jun. q-o-q (2) y-o-y (3)
Index of services production 10000 1.0 1.3 1.1 4.6
H Transportation and storage 1601 0.8 3.7 0.8 4.6
I Accomodation and food service activities 926 1.7 0.5 0.7 4.6
J Information and communication 1745 2.4 0.8 0.4 4.1
L Real estate activities 1064 –0.7 0.5 2.3 3.1
M+N Business support 4020 0.1 1.3 1.5 5.4
M Specialised, scientific and technical activities 2210 0.5 0.7 1.2 4.2
N Administrative and business service activities 1810 –0.3 2.0 1.8 6.9
R+S Household services 644 4.7 –1.1 0.3 2.8
  • (1) Weight (10 000 = H…S excepting K, O, P, Q)
  • (2) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months / previous three months
  • (3) Year-on-year: last three months / same three months of previous year
  • Sources: DGFiP, INSEE

Further increase in information and communication

After a rebound in July, output in information and communication went up again in August (+2.4%), primarily in computer programming, consultancy and related activities (+5.0%) and in publishing activities (+2.5%).

Significant recovery in household services

Output in household services recovered considerably in August (+4.7% after −1.1% in July). It bounced back strongly in the arts, entertainment and recreation sector (+6.6% after −1.2%). In “other personal services”, output also picked up (+2.8% after −1.0%).

Acceleration in accomodation and food service activities

Output in accomodation and food services accelerated in August (+1.7% after +0.5%). It increased again in food and beverage service activities (+1.4%, after +0.7%) and bounced back in accomodation (+2.7% after −0.2%).

Rise in transportation and storage

In August 2017, output in transportation and storage rose again (+0.8%) after a large increase in July (+3.7%). While it rebounded in land transport (+3.1% after −0.9%), it fell back in air transport (−4.2% after +1.9%).

Stability in business support

In August 2017, output in business support activities was almost unchanged (+0.1%) after a rise in July (+1.3%).

It rose again in specialised, scientific and technical activities (+0.5% after +0.7%), notably in architecture and engineering activities (+2.1%) and in activities of head offices and management consultancy (+0.8%).

On the contrary, output folded in administrative and business support activities (−0.3% after +2.0%), particularly in employment activities (−1.9%) and in other administrative and business support activities (−1.4%).

Revisions

The month-on-month variation rate of the index of services production in July 2017 has been revised upwards by 0.1 points considering the rounding. Initially published at +1.2%, it has been stated at +1.3%.

Table2 – Variation in the services production

2010 based, SA-WDA
Variation in the services production
Changes in %
Weight (1) Aug. 17 Aug. / Jul. Jul. / Jun. q-o-q (2)
Index of services production 10000 123.2 1.0 1.3 1.1
H transportation and storage 1601 115.6 0.8 3.7 0.8
49 Land transport 686 119.0 3.1 –0.9 1.1
50 Water transport 63 246.4 0.8 80.2 1.5
51 Air transport 129 99.9 –4.2 1.9 4.7
52 Warehousing and support for transportation 563 111.4 –0.3 –0.3 –1.1
53 Postal and courier activities 161 77.4 –2.5 2.9 3.4
I Accomodation and food service activities 926 120.3 1.7 0.5 0.7
55 Accomodation 211 112.0 2.7 –0.2 0.4
56 Food and beverage service activities 715 122.7 1.4 0.7 0.8
J Information-communication 1745 134.2 2.4 0.8 0.4
58 Publishing activities 220 104.8 2.5 0.3 1.9
59 Motion picture, sound recording, music publishing 124 121.1 –1.6 3.9 2.0
60 Programming and broadcasting activities 68 118.9 1.4 1.2 –6.7
61 Telecommunications 558 134.6 0.8 0.9 –0.1
62 Computer programming 683 144.4 5.0 –0.4 0.5
63 Information services 92 156.0 –1.4 5.7 2.2
L Real estate activities 1064 108.3 –0.7 0.5 2.3
M Specialised, scientific and technical activities 2210 122.1 0.5 0.7 1.2
69 Legal and accounting activities 496 120.4 –1.1 0.8 2.3
70 Activities of head offices and management consultancy 665 126.2 0.8 1.2 1.7
71 Architecture and engineering activities 465 121.9 2.1 –1.8 1.7
72 Scientific research and development 313 107.5 –0.1 2.9 0.0
73 Advertising and market research 171 108.3 –2.7 2.9 –3.8
74 Other professional, scientific and technical activities 71 190.9 4.5 –0.4 0.9
75 Veterinary activities 29 129.9 1.6 –0.8 0.7
N Administrative and business service activities 1810 131.0 –0.3 2.0 1.8
77 Rental and leasing activities 545 131.7 –0.2 3.7 3.3
78 Employment activities 512 137.8 –1.9 3.8 1.9
79 Travel agency, tour operator 45 115.9 2.3 –2.0 3.7
80 Security and investigation 109 126.3 0.0 –5.0 3.3
81 Services to building and landscape anctivities 248 125.3 4.1 –4.3 1.0
82 Other administrative and business support activities 351 127.2 –1.4 3.7 –0.8
R Arts, entertainment and recreation 306 132.9 6.6 –1.2 –0.3
S Other personal services 338 113.6 2.8 –1.0 1.0
  • (1) Weight (10 000 = H…S excepting K, O, P, Q)
  • (2) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months / previous three months
  • Sources: DGFiP, INSEE

Table3 – Revision of variations

in percentage points
Revision of variations
Jul. / Jun. Jun. / May May / Apr. Q2 2017 / Q1 2017 2016 / 2015
Services production 0.02 0.10 –0.02 –0.02 –0.04
Raw series 0.16 0.35 –0.25 –0.16 –0.04
SA-WDA parameters –0.14 −0.25 0.23 0.14 0.00
  • How to read: in the services industries, the SA-WDA variation in output between June 2017 and July 2017 is revised by +0.02 points: +0.16 points due to the revisions of raw data and −0.14 points due to the update of SA-WDA parameters
  • Sources: DGFiP, INSEE