In September 2017, services output fell back (−0.7%)Index of services production - September 2017

In September 2017, output fell back in services (−0.7%) after a rise in August (+1.1%).

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In September 2017, output fell back in services (−0.7%) after a rise in August (+1.1%).

Services output increased strongly over the last three months

Over the last three months (July to September), services production rose by 1.7% compared to the previous three months.

It grew in all sectors, especially in business support (+1.7%), information and communication (+2.0%), accomodation and food service activities (+2.0%), transportation and storage (+1.7%) and real estate activities (+1.2%). It increased more modestly in household services (+0.6%).

Output also grew sharply over a year

In services, output of the last three months rose sharply over a year (+4.8%), with an increase in all sectors.

Output went up strongly in business support (+5.3%), be it in administrative and business service activities (+7.2%) or in specialised, scientific and technical activities (+3.7%). It also grew sharply in other sectors: information and communication (+4.9%), transportation and storage (+5.8%), accomodation and food service activities (+5.2%) and household services (+3.2%). It increased more modestly in real estate activities (+1.3%).

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) Sept./ Aug. Aug./ Jul. q-o-q (2) y-o-y (3)
Index of services production 10000 –0.7 1.1 1.7 4.8
H Transportation and storage 1601 –1.4 0.7 1.7 5.8
I Accomodation and food service activities 926 –1.6 2.4 2.0 5.2
J Information and communication 1745 –0.3 3.0 2.0 4.9
L Real estate activities 1064 –1.1 –0.9 1.2 1.3
M+N Business support 4020 0.0 0.1 1.7 5.3
M Specialised, scientific and technical activities 2210 –0.2 0.3 1.1 3.7
N Administrative and business service activities 1810 0.1 –0.2 2.4 7.2
R+S Household services 644 –2.3 4.2 0.6 3.2
  • (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

Decline in transportation and storage

In September 2017, output in transportation and storage declined (−1.4%) after an increase in August (+0.7%). While it dwindled in land transport (−2.4% after +2.8%), it recovered strongly in air transport (+2.5% after −4.9%).

Fall in household services

Output in household services declined considerably in September (−2.3%) after an important rise in August (+4.2%). It folded strongly in the arts, entertainment and recreation sector (−3.8% after +5.9%). It also edged down in “other personal services” (−0.7% after +2.4%).

Sharp downturn in accomodation and food service activities

Output in accomodation and food services turned down in September (−1.6% after +2.4%). It dwindled in food and beverage service activities (−1.2%, after +2.4%) and in accomodation (−3.0% after +2.5%).

Slight decrease in information and communication

After an increase in July and August, output in information and communication faltered in September (−0.3% after +3.0%), primarily in computer programming, consultancy and related activities (−0.7%) and in telecommunications (−0.5%).

Stability in business support

In September 2017, output in business support activities was unchanged.

It slightly diminished in specialised, scientific and technical activities (−0.2% after +0.3%). In this sector, scientific research and development and “other professional, scientific and technical activities” went up (+2.3% each), but the other activities went down, notably advertising and market research (−2.8%).

Output was almost stable in administrative and business support activities (+0.1% after −0.2%). It grew in employment activities (+0.5%) and in other administrative and business support activities (+0.9%).

Revisions

The month-on-month variation rate of the index of services production in August 2017 has been revised upwards by 0.1 points. Initially published at +1.0%, it has been stated at +1.1%.

Table2 – Variation in the services production

2010 based, SA-WDA
Variation in the services production
Change in %
Weight (1) Sept. 17 Sept./ Aug. Aug./ Jul. q-o-q (2)
Index of services production 10000 122.3 –0.7 1.1 1.7
H transportation and storage 1601 113.0 –1.4 0.7 1.7
49 Land transport… 686 115.5 –2.4 2.8 1.0
50 Water transport 63 224.4 0.2 –0.5 22.5
51 Air transport 129 101.9 2.5 –4.9 2.4
52 Warehousing and support for transportation 563 111.1 –0.8 0.1 –1.2
53 Postal and courier activities 161 74.0 –4.1 –2.6 1.1
I Accomodation and food service activities 926 119.5 –1.6 2.4 2.0
55 Accomodation 211 108.6 –3.0 2.5 0.7
56 Food and beverage service activities 715 122.8 –1.2 2.4 2.3
J Information-communication 1745 134.7 –0.3 3.0 2.0
58 Publishing activities 220 104.9 –0.1 3.3 2.5
59 Motion picture, sound recording, music publishing 124 121.3 0.4 –2.3 2.1
60 Programming and broadcasting activities 68 124.2 3.4 2.4 0.2
61 Telecommunications 558 134.6 –0.5 1.5 0.3
62 Computer programming... 683 144.7 –0.7 5.9 3.0
63 Information services 92 156.8 0.8 –2.9 4.4
L Real estate activities 1064 106.6 –1.1 –0.9 1.2
M Specialised, scientific and technical activities 2210 121.3 –0.2 0.3 1.1
69 Legal and accounting activities 496 119.6 –0.7 –1.0 2.1
70 Activities of head offices and management consultancy 665 124.9 –0.2 0.3 0.8
71 Architecture and engineering activities 465 120.7 –0.5 2.1 1.9
72 Scientific research and development 313 106.9 2.3 –2.3 –0.1
73 Advertising and market research 171 108.5 –2.8 –0.3 –1.6
74 Other professional, scientific and technical activities 71 193.5 2.3 5.1 2.4
75 Veterinary activities 29 128.8 –0.7 1.5 0.4
N Administrative and business service activities 1810 131.5 0.1 –0.2 2.4
77 Rental and leasing activities 545 130.7 –0.6 0.0 3.8
78 Employment activities 512 139.8 0.5 –1.5 3.2
79 Travel agency, tour operator 45 115.7 –0.5 1.0 3.1
80 Security and investigation 109 124.9 –0.7 –0.3 –0.9
81 Services to building and landscape anctivities 248 125.4 0.1 4.0 0.0
82 Other administrative and business support activities 351 129.3 0.9 –1.1 1.7
R Arts, entertainment and recreation 306 126.7 –3.8 5.9 0.0
S Other personal services 338 112.6 –0.7 2.4 1.3
  • (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
Aug./ Jul. Jul./ Jun. Jun./ May Q2 2017/ Q1 2017 2016/ 2015
Services production 0.07 0.02 –0.01 –0.09 –0.01
Raw series 0.24 0.01 0.00 –0.08 –0.02
SA-WDA parameters –0.17 0.01 –0.01 –0.01 0.01
  • How to read: in the services industries, the SA-WDA variation in output between July 2017 and August 2017 is revised by +0.07 points: +0.24 points due to the revisions of raw data and −0.17 points due to the update of SA-WDA parameters
  • Sources: DGFiP, INSEE