In September 2017, the sales volume in overall trade grew again (+0.3%)Sales volume in wholesale and retail trade - September 2017

In September 2017, the sales volume in overall trade rose slightly (+0.3%) after an increase in August (+0.9%). It gathered pace in retail trade (+1.4% after +0.5%). By contrast, it fell back slightly in wholesale trade (−0.2% after +1.0%) and in trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (−0.2% after +1.8%).

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No 319
Paru le : 30/11/2017
Prochaine parution le : 22/12/2017 at 12:00 - October 2017

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 September 2017, the sales volume in overall trade rose slightly (+0.3%) after an increase in August (+0.9%). It gathered pace in retail trade (+1.4% after +0.5%). By contrast, it fell back slightly in wholesale trade (−0.2% after +1.0%) and in trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (−0.2% after +1.8%).

The sales volume in overall trade rose by 1.4% over the last three months

Over the last three months (July to September), the sales volume in overall trade went up by 1.4% compared to the previous three months. It rose sharply in wholesale trade (+1.3%) and in retail trade (+1.4%) – it increased sharply in specialised stores (+1.5%), strongly in retail trade not in stores (+6.1%) and more slightly in non-specialised stores (+0.4%). It went up substantially in retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+1.8%).

The sales volume rose by 4.9% over a year

Over the last three months, the sales volume in overall trade grew by 4.9% over a year. It increased markedly in all sectors. It rose significantly in wholesale trade (+4.6%). It also rose sharply in retail trade (+4.6%) – it grew in specialised stores (+5.3%) and non-specialised stores (+2.4%) as well as in retail trade not in stores (+10.6%). It went up substantially in trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (+7.5%).

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

  • Sources: DGFiP, INSEE

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

SA-WDA volume, Base year 2010
Sales volume in retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles
Change in %
NACE Classification Weight Sept/ Aug. Aug./ July q-o-q (1) y-o-y (2)
G Wholesale and retail trade ; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles 10000 0.3 0.9 1.4 4.9
45 Wholesale and retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles 1248 –0.2 1.8 1.8 7.5
46 Wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 5748 –0.2 1.0 1.3 4.6
47 Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles 3004 1.4 0.5 1.4 4.6
471 Retail sale in non- specialised stores 1112 1.8 0.2 0.4 2.4
472 to 477 Retail sale in specialised stores 1718 1.3 0.5 1.5 5.3
478 and 479 Retail trade not in stores 174 0.5 1.4 6.1 10.6
  • (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

Acceleration in sales volume of retail trade

In September 2017, the sales volume in retail trade accelerated (+1.4% after +0.5% in August), both in non-specialised stores (+1.8% after +0.2%) and in specialised stores (+1.3% after +0.5%). In particular, the sales volume in other specialised stores (clothing, shoes etc.) went up substantially (+2.1%) after a stability in August. It bounced back in retail of automotive fuel (+1.4% after −1.2%) and grew again in retail sale of food, beverages and tobacco (+1.1% after +4.2%).

According to the first early estimates, the sales volume in retail trade except of motor vehicles and motorcycles should decrease in October 2017 (−1.5%). It should grow by 4.1% year-on-year.

Downturn in wholesale trade

In September 2017, the sales volume in whosesale trade fell back slightly (−0.2% after +1.0% in August). It dwindled significantly in wholesale of agricultural raw materials and live animals (−3.3% after +6.8%). It went down again in other specialised wholesale (−0.7% after −0.3%) and fell back in wholesale of food, beverages and tobacco (−0.6% after +0.9%). By contrast, the sales volume grew again in wholesale of other machinery, equipment and supplies (+1.7% after +1.8%) and bounced back in information and communication equipment (+1.8% after −0.8%).

Downturn in sales volume of trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles

In September 2017, the sales volume in trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles fell back (−0.2% after +1.8% in August). This decrease was due to a downturn in sale of motor vehicle (−0.4% after +2.6%), in maintenance and repair of motor vehicles (−0.8% after +2.9%) and in sale and repair of motorcycles (−2.9% after +3.0%). Conversely, the sales volume of motor vehicle parts and accessories bounced back (+0,6% after −0.7%).

Revisions

The variation in the sales volume of overall trade in August 2017 is unchanged at +0.9%.

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

SA-WDA volume, Base year 2010
Sales volume in retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles
Change in %
Nace Classification Weight Sept. 2017 Sept/ Aug. Aug./ July q-o-q (1)
G Wolesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles 10000 116.5 0.3 0.9 1.4
45 Wholesale and retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and moto. 1248 122.3 –0.2 1.8 1.8
451 Sale of motor vehicles 837 118.3 –0.4 2.6 1.9
452 Maintenance and repair of motor vehicles 97 109.3 –0.8 2.9 0.8
453 Sale of motor vehicle parts and accessories 283 141.5 0.6 –0.7 2.1
454 Sale, maintenance and repair of moto. and related parts and accessories 31 93.2 –2.9 3.0 –0.7
46 Wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and moto. 5748 111.1 –0.2 1.0 1.3
461 Wholesale on a fee or contract basis 869 122.1 –0.6 1.1 –0.1
462 Wholesale of agricultural raw materials and live animals 319 98.4 –3.3 6.8 5.7
463 Wholesale of food, beverages and tobacco 992 107.6 –0.6 0.9 –0.4
464 Wholesale of household goods 1196 116.6 –0.1 1.1 1.2
465 Wholesale of information and communication equipment 349 128.1 1.8 –0.8 3.6
466 Wholesale of other machinery, equipmt and supplies 721 115.7 1.7 1.8 3.1
467 Other specialised wholesale 1138 94.0 –0.7 –0.3 0.9
469 Non specialised wholesale trade 164 122.1 –2.0 –1.0 2.3
47 Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and moto. 3004 124.4 1.4 0.5 1.4
471 Non-specialised stores 1112 115.8 1.8 0.2 0.4
472 to 477 Specialised stores 1718 127.5 1.3 0.5 1.5
472 Retail sale of food, beverages and tobacco 144 141.3 1.1 4.2 –0.4
473 Retail sale of automotive fuel 231 97.6 1.4 –1.2 0.7
474 Retail sale of information and communication equipmt 84 195.0 –0.2 –0.1 3.9
475 Retail sale of other household equipment 338 108.4 0.4 0.8 1.6
476 Retail sale of cultural and recreation goods 143 113.0 0.0 2.1 1.8
477 Retail sale of other goods 778 137.4 2.1 0.0 1.6
478 et 479 Retail trade not in stores 174 150.0 0.5 1.4 6.1
  • (1) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months /previous three months.
  • Sources: DGFiP, INSEE

Table3 – Revision of variations

in percentage points
Revision of variations
Aug./ July July/ June June/May Q2 2017/ Q1 2017 2016/ 2015
G Overall trade 0.05 0.07 0.04 0.01 –0.02
Raw series –0.03 0.03 0.04 0.02 –0.01
SA-WDA parameters 0.08 0.04 0.00 –0.01 –0.01
  • How to read: in the wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles, the SA-WDA variation between July and August 2017 is revised upwards by 0.05 points, -0.03 points due to the revision of raw data, 0.08 points to the update of SA-WDA parameters.
  • Sources: DGFiP, INSEE