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23 février 2018
N° 2018-50

In December 2017, services output increased slightly (+0.2%)Index of services production - December 2017

In December 2017, services output increased slightly (+0.2%) after a virtual stability in November (+0.1%).

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 December 2017, services output increased slightly (+0.2%) after a virtual stability in November (+0.1%).

Services output increased over the last three months

Over the last three months (October to December), services output rose by 1.0% compared to the previous three months.

It grew in business support (+1.3%), information and communication (+1.2%), household services (+3.7%) and accommodation and food service activities (+1.5%). It decreased in transportation and storage (−0.1%) and real estate activities (−1.0%).

Output grew sharply over a year

In services, the output of the last three months rose sharply year on year (+5.1%), with an increase in all sectors.

Output went up strongly in business support (+5.8%), be it in administrative and business service activities (+6.1%) or in specialised, scientific and technical activities (+5.5%). It also grew sharply in information and communication (+6.4%), accommodation and food service activities (+6.3%), transportation and storage (+2.8%) and household services (+5.8%). It increased more slightly in real estate activities (+1.3%).

Graph1Index of services production

  • Sources: DGFiP, INSEE

Table1Variation in the services production

2010 based, SA-WDA
Variation in the services production
Change in %
Nace classification Weight (1) Dec./ Nov. Nov./ Oct. q-o-q (2) y-o-y (3)
Index of services production 10000 0.2 0.1 1.0 5.1
H Transportation and storage 1601 0.0 –0.7 –0.1 2.8
I Accommodation and food service activities 926 –1.7 1.6 1.5 6.3
J Information and communication 1745 –0.8 0.9 1.2 6.4
L Real estate activities 1064 –1.4 –0.1 –1.0 1.3
M+N Business support 4020 2.1 –0.8 1.3 5.8
M Specialised, scientific and technical activities 2210 1.8 –1.1 1.4 5.5
N Administrative and business service activities 1810 2.4 –0.4 1.3 6.1
R+S Household services 644 –3.3 3.7 3.7 5.8
  • (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

Rebound in business support

After a decline in November, output in business support activities bounced back in December 2017 (+2.1% after −0.8%).

It rose sharply in administrative and business support activities (+2.4% after −0.4%). It increased in almost all sub-sectors, especially in employment activities (+5.5%).

Output also bounced back in specialised, scientific and technical activities (+1.8% after −1.1%), especially in activities of head offices and management consultancy (+1.8%), legal and accounting activities (+2.1%) and architecture and engineering activities (+1.8%).

Stability in transportation and storage

In December 2017, output flattened out in transportation and storage after a decline of 0.7% in November. Output bounced back in warehousing and support for transportation (+2.3% after −0.8%) and land transport (+0.3% after −0.5%). By contrast, it fell back in air transport (−1.5% after +1.6%).

Decrease in household services

After two consecutive months of increase, output in household services fell back in December (−3.3% after +3.7%). The decline was more marked in the arts, entertainment and recreation sector (−5.2% after +6.6%) than in “other personal services” (−1.1% after +0.6%).

Downturn in accomodation and food service activities

After an increase in November, output in accommodation and food services fell back in December (−1.7% after +1.6%). Both sectors were affected by the decline : –1.3% in food and beverage service activities and −3.3% in accommodation.

Decrease in information and communication

Output in information and communication decreased in December (−0.8% after +0.9%), mainly in telecommunications (−4.3%) and motion picture, sound recording, music publishing (−3.8%). By contrast, output increased in computer programming (+1.6%).

Revisions

The month-on-month variation rate of the index of services production in November 2017 has been revised upwards by 0.2 points. Initially published at −0.1%, it has been stated at +0.1%.

Table2Variation in the services production

2010 based, SA-WDA
Variation in the services production
Change in %
Weight (1) Dec. 17 Dec./ Nov. Nov./ Oct. q-o-q (2)
Index of services production 10000 124.1 0.2 0.1 1.0
H transportation and storage 1601 113.2 0.0 –0.7 –0.1
49 Land transport… 686 118.3 0.3 –0.5 1.2
50 Water transport 63 183.4 –11.6 –0.4 –8.2
51 Air transport 129 97.6 –1.5 1.6 –3.1
52 Warehousing and support for transportation 563 113.9 2.3 –0.8 0.8
53 Postal and courier activities 161 74.4 –0.3 –4.9 –1.1
I Accomodation and food service activities 926 121.2 –1.7 1.6 1.5
55 Accommodation 211 112.8 –3.3 3.7 3.3
56 Food and beverage service activities 715 123.7 –1.3 1.0 1.0
J Information-communication 1745 135.2 –0.8 0.9 1.2
58 Publishing activities 220 105.3 –0.4 0.6 1.8
59 Motion picture, sound recording, music publishing 124 119.7 –3.8 2.4 1.0
60 Programming and broadcasting activities 68 134.9 2.5 7.3 6.2
61 Telecommunications 558 129.5 –4.3 0.7 –1.4
62 Computer programming... 683 148.2 1.6 0.6 2.5
63 Information services 92 165.4 2.3 –0.4 2.4
L Real estate activities 1064 106.0 –1.4 –0.1 –1.0
M Specialised, scientific and technical activities 2210 124.3 1.8 –1.1 1.4
69 Legal and accounting activities 496 124.2 2.1 0.0 1.3
70 Activities of head offices and management consultancy 665 127.9 1.8 –0.8 1.2
71 Architecture and engineering activities 465 124.1 1.8 –2.3 2.5
72 Scientific research and development 313 107.1 2.3 –1.9 –0.2
73 Advertising and market research 171 114.0 1.6 –0.6 1.7
74 Other professional, scientific and technical activities 71 190.1 –0.4 –1.1 1.5
75 Veterinary activities 29 128.9 –0.6 –1.2 0.9
N Administrative and business service activities 1810 135.1 2.4 –0.4 1.3
77 Rental and leasing activities 545 130.4 0.8 1.0 –1.4
78 Employment activities 512 148.1 5.5 –1.5 2.9
79 Travel agency, tour operator 45 116.2 –0.4 –0.7 2.3
80 Security and investigation 109 128.0 0.1 –0.9 2.0
81 Services to building and landscape anctivities 248 127.6 1.7 –1.9 2.9
82 Other administrative and business support activities 351 133.2 1.5 0.1 1.4
R Arts, entertainment and recreation 306 135.5 –5.2 6.6 6.5
S Other personal services 338 112.2 –1.1 0.6 0.8
  • (1) Weight (10 000 = H…S excepting K, O, P, Q)
  • (2) Quarter-on-quarter: last three months / previous three months
  • Sources: DGFiP, INSEE

Table3Revision of variations

in percentage points
Revision of variations
Nov./ Oct. Oct./ Sept. Sept./ Aug. Q3 2017/ Q2 2017 2016/ 2015
Services production 0.21 0.30 –0.07 0.08 –0.01
Raw series 0.23 0.34 –0.05 0.11 –0.02
SA-WDA parameters –0.02 –0.04 –0.02 –0.03 0.01
  • How to read: in the services industries, the SA-WDA variation in output between October and November 2017 is revised by +0.21 points: +0,23 points due to the revisions of raw data and -0,02 points due to the update of SA-WDA parameters.
  • Sources: DGFiP, INSEE

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