In November 2017, services output was virtually stable (−0.1%)Index of services production - November 2017

In November 2017, services output declined very slightly (−0.1%) after a rebound in October (+1.4%).

Please note: In accordance with European directives, the index of services production and the associated turnover indicators will use 2015 as base year from the publication of the index of January 2018, due on March 30, 2018.

In November 2017, services output declined very slightly (−0.1%) after a rebound in October (+1.4%).

Services output increased strongly over the last three months

Over the last three months (September to November), services output rose by 1.3% compared to the previous three months.

It grew in information and communication (+3.1%), business support (+0.8%), accommodation and food service activities (+2.0%), transportation and storage (+1.2%) and household services (+3.3%). It decreased in real estate activities (−1.4%).

Output also grew sharply over a year

In services, the output of the last three months rose sharply year on year (+5.2%), with an increase in all sectors.

Output went up strongly in business support (+5.2%), be it in administrative and business service activities (+6.5%) or in specialised, scientific and technical activities (+3.9%). It also grew sharply in information and communication (+6.9%), transportation and storage (+5.1%), accommodation and food service activities (+6.4%) and household services (+5.9%). It increased more slightly in real estate activities (+0.9%).

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) Nov./ Oct. Oct./ Sept. q-o-q (2) y-o-y (3)
Index of services production 10000 –0.1 1.4 1.3 5.2
H Transportation and storage 1601 –0.8 2.1 1.2 5.1
I Accommodation and food service activities 926 1.6 1.2 2.0 6.4
J Information and communication 1745 1.1 0.9 3.1 6.9
L Real estate activities 1064 –0.8 0.6 –1.4 0.9
M+N Business support 4020 –1.2 1.4 0.8 5.2
M Specialised, scientific and technical activities 2210 –1.5 1.6 0.6 3.9
N Administrative and business service activities 1810 –1.0 1.3 1.1 6.5
R+S Household services 644 3.8 2.5 3.3 5.9
  • (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

Sharp decrease in business support

After a rise in October, output in business support activities fell back in November 2017 (−1.2%).

It decreased sharply in specialised, scientific and technical activities (−1.5% after +1.6%) mainly in activities of head offices and management consultancy (−2.0%), architecture and engineering activities (−2.4%), scientific research and development (−1.1%).

Output also fell back in administrative and business support activities (−1.0% after +1.3%) and declined in almost all sub-sectors, especially in employment activities (−1.9%) and in services to building and landscape activities (−2.2%).

Downturn in transportation and storage

In November 2017, output in transportation and storage dwindled (−0.8% after +2.1%). While it dropped in postal and courier activities (−5.2% after +7.1%) and in land transport (−0.5% after +2.5%), it recovered in air transport (+2.0% after −4.1%).

Significant rise in household services

Output in household services grew sharply again in November (+3.8% after +2.5%). It increased strongly again in the arts, entertainment and recreation sector (+6.8% after +4.4%) and more slightly in “other personal services” (+0.6% after +0.5%).

Increase in information and communication

After a rebound in October, output in information and communication speeded up slightly in November (+1.1% after +0.9%), primarily in computer programming (+1.2%), programming and broadcasting activities (+10.2%) and motion picture, sound recording, music publishing (+2.3%).

Further growth in accomodation and food service activities

After a bounce in October, output in accommodation and food services continued to go up in November (+1.6% after +1.2%). The growth was more marked in accommodation (+3.3%) than in food and beverage service activities (+1.2%).

Revisions

The month-on-month variation rate of the index of services production in October 2017 was unchanged at 1.4%.

Table2 – Variation in the services production

2010 based, SA-WDA
Variation in the services production
Change in %
Weight (1) Nov. 17 Nov./ Oct. Oct./ Sept. q-o-q (2)
Index of services production 10000 124.0 –0.1 1.4 1.3
H transportation and storage 1601 114.3 –0.8 2.1 1.2
49 Land transport… 686 118.2 –0.5 2.5 0.8
50 Water transport 63 222.5 –1.5 2.2 16.4
51 Air transport 129 99.2 2.0 –4.1 –1.9
52 Warehousing and support for transportation 563 112.3 –0.6 2.0 0.2
53 Postal and courier activities 161 74.9 –5.2 7.1 –2.5
I Accommodation and food service activities 926 123.7 1.6 1.2 2.0
55 Accommodation 211 116.3 3.3 2.9 2.1
56 Food and beverage service activities 715 125.9 1.2 0.8 1.9
J Information-communication 1745 137.7 1.1 0.9 3.1
58 Publishing activities 220 105.5 0.5 1.1 1.9
59 Motion picture, sound recording, music publishing 124 126.3 2.3 3.2 2.0
60 Programming and broadcasting activities 68 137.8 10.2 –1.0 9.7
61 Telecommunications 558 137.0 0.1 1.0 1.5
62 Computer programming... 683 147.7 1.2 0.3 4.1
63 Information services 92 160.7 –0.6 2.2 2.8
L Real estate activities 1064 106.2 –0.8 0.6 –1.4
M Specialised, scientific and technical activities 2210 121.1 –1.5 1.6 0.6
69 Legal and accounting activities 496 120.7 –0.3 1.0 –0.2
70 Activities of head offices and management consultancy 665 123.1 –2.0 1.7 0.0
71 Architecture and engineering activities 465 121.5 –2.4 3.2 1.3
72 Scientific research and development 313 104.4 –1.1 –1.0 0.7
73 Advertising and market research 171 113.6 –0.1 4.1 0.8
74 Other professional, scientific and technical activities 71 188.1 –2.6 –0.4 4.2
75 Veterinary activities 29 130.0 –0.6 1.0 1.0
N Administrative and business service activities 1810 131.9 –1.0 1.3 1.1
77 Rental and leasing activities 545 130.9 –0.2 0.0 0.0
78 Employment activities 512 139.4 –1.9 1.9 1.7
79 Travel agency, tour operator 45 115.2 –1.2 4.2 –0.5
80 Security and investigation 109 128.2 –0.8 3.2 –0.8
81 Services to building and landscape anctivities 248 125.2 –2.2 2.4 1.8
82 Other administrative and business support activities 351 130.7 0.1 0.8 2.0
R Arts, entertainment and recreation 306 143.2 6.8 4.4 5.5
S Other personal services 338 113.8 0.6 0.5 1.1
  • (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
Oct./ Sept. Sept./ Aug. Aug./ Jul. Q3 2017/ Q2 2017 2016/ 2015
Services production 0.03 −0.09 0.01 –0.02 –0.02
Raw series 0.08 0.00 0.02 –0.01 –0.02
SA-WDA parameters –0.05 −0.09 –0.01 −0.01 0.00
  • How to read: in the services industries, the SA-WDA variation in output between September 2017 and October 2017 is revised by +0.03 point: +0,08 point due to the revisions of raw data and –0,05 point due to the update of SA-WDA parameters
  • Sources: DGFiP, INSEE