Insee conjoncture
21 février 2019
N° 2019-

In February 2019, the business climate has improved in retail trade and trade and repair of motor vehiclesMonthly survey of retailing - February 2019

According to the managers in retail trade and in trade and repair of motor vehicles, the business climate has improved in February 2019. The composite indicator that measures it has gained two points, to 102, and has returned above its long-term average (100).

The business climate indicator of January 2019 has been revised upward by one point because of late businesses’ answers that have been taken into account.

Informations rapides
Paru le : 21/02/2019
Prochaine parution le : 26/03/2019 at 08:45 - March 2019

According to the managers in retail trade and in trade and repair of motor vehicles, the business climate has improved in February 2019. The composite indicator that measures it has gained two points, to 102, and has returned above its long-term average (100).

The business climate indicator of January 2019 has been revised upward by one point because of late businesses’ answers that have been taken into account.

Composite indicator

Composite indicator
Business climate synthetic indicator
1998-01 107.3
1998-02 110.2
1998-03 109.1
1998-04 106.3
1998-05 107.9
1998-06 111.8
1998-07 114.7
1998-08 113.0
1998-09 111.4
1998-10 111.5
1998-11 109.7
1998-12 107.9
1999-01 108.0
1999-02 108.0
1999-03 108.7
1999-04 108.9
1999-05 107.6
1999-06 106.8
1999-07 111.0
1999-08 114.3
1999-09 117.6
1999-10 119.8
1999-11 118.8
1999-12 123.0
2000-01 117.1
2000-02 116.5
2000-03 118.9
2000-04 120.8
2000-05 117.3
2000-06 116.6
2000-07 121.9
2000-08 121.3
2000-09 121.2
2000-10 117.6
2000-11 114.5
2000-12 116.3
2001-01 115.5
2001-02 115.5
2001-03 115.0
2001-04 111.7
2001-05 111.9
2001-06 112.2
2001-07 108.1
2001-08 106.4
2001-09 105.1
2001-10 101.5
2001-11 101.9
2001-12 106.4
2002-01 106.3
2002-02 101.2
2002-03 103.3
2002-04 104.2
2002-05 104.3
2002-06 107.4
2002-07 107.1
2002-08 104.8
2002-09 102.8
2002-10 97.8
2002-11 102.4
2002-12 103.1
2003-01 99.1
2003-02 96.5
2003-03 89.6
2003-04 86.3
2003-05 94.1
2003-06 93.0
2003-07 93.5
2003-08 92.3
2003-09 91.3
2003-10 91.7
2003-11 96.4
2003-12 96.8
2004-01 106.4
2004-02 105.8
2004-03 103.9
2004-04 103.5
2004-05 102.5
2004-06 100.3
2004-07 103.9
2004-08 104.1
2004-09 104.1
2004-10 104.8
2004-11 101.7
2004-12 100.4
2005-01 107.2
2005-02 104.1
2005-03 103.9
2005-04 103.5
2005-05 100.7
2005-06 96.7
2005-07 95.7
2005-08 97.2
2005-09 98.0
2005-10 100.6
2005-11 99.3
2005-12 102.9
2006-01 103.2
2006-02 102.2
2006-03 101.7
2006-04 102.8
2006-05 105.1
2006-06 106.6
2006-07 107.9
2006-08 109.1
2006-09 109.7
2006-10 111.0
2006-11 109.5
2006-12 107.2
2007-01 107.3
2007-02 111.7
2007-03 109.9
2007-04 112.2
2007-05 113.5
2007-06 119.1
2007-07 115.7
2007-08 114.5
2007-09 112.8
2007-10 110.6
2007-11 113.3
2007-12 113.3
2008-01 110.3
2008-02 108.5
2008-03 107.3
2008-04 103.5
2008-05 102.6
2008-06 99.7
2008-07 96.2
2008-08 93.2
2008-09 94.6
2008-10 81.7
2008-11 82.1
2008-12 76.4
2009-01 77.8
2009-02 79.0
2009-03 77.7
2009-04 75.0
2009-05 78.6
2009-06 78.5
2009-07 83.2
2009-08 84.8
2009-09 88.8
2009-10 90.4
2009-11 96.0
2009-12 95.4
2010-01 97.8
2010-02 97.6
2010-03 96.8
2010-04 102.0
2010-05 101.7
2010-06 100.6
2010-07 100.4
2010-08 104.8
2010-09 105.4
2010-10 106.3
2010-11 103.0
2010-12 106.4
2011-01 105.9
2011-02 105.7
2011-03 103.1
2011-04 102.8
2011-05 104.2
2011-06 102.7
2011-07 101.3
2011-08 98.1
2011-09 94.2
2011-10 94.5
2011-11 93.0
2011-12 93.0
2012-01 89.3
2012-02 90.4
2012-03 93.8
2012-04 96.0
2012-05 90.7
2012-06 93.1
2012-07 87.9
2012-08 89.9
2012-09 86.3
2012-10 87.2
2012-11 87.3
2012-12 87.1
2013-01 86.1
2013-02 88.7
2013-03 86.0
2013-04 83.8
2013-05 83.7
2013-06 84.8
2013-07 85.3
2013-08 92.5
2013-09 96.3
2013-10 94.2
2013-11 89.8
2013-12 93.6
2014-01 95.5
2014-02 94.2
2014-03 94.9
2014-04 95.9
2014-05 96.2
2014-06 94.2
2014-07 95.8
2014-08 89.6
2014-09 88.1
2014-10 87.5
2014-11 91.6
2014-12 93.3
2015-01 97.7
2015-02 100.4
2015-03 100.9
2015-04 101.1
2015-05 101.8
2015-06 102.8
2015-07 102.6
2015-08 104.1
2015-09 104.7
2015-10 105.8
2015-11 103.6
2015-12 100.2
2016-01 104.2
2016-02 101.7
2016-03 102.4
2016-04 102.1
2016-05 105.1
2016-06 102.7
2016-07 104.3
2016-08 103.1
2016-09 102.3
2016-10 100.7
2016-11 103.9
2016-12 107.1
2017-01 106.5
2017-02 105.2
2017-03 106.4
2017-04 104.5
2017-05 106.3
2017-06 110.6
2017-07 111.7
2017-08 108.3
2017-09 112.4
2017-10 113.5
2017-11 115.8
2017-12 115.1
2018-01 115.2
2018-02 115.8
2018-03 113.1
2018-04 112.3
2018-05 112.1
2018-06 112.2
2018-07 113.7
2018-08 110.8
2018-09 108.5
2018-10 105.1
2018-11 107.5
2018-12 98.8
2019-01 99.8
2019-02 102.4

Composite indicator

Less grim activity prospects

In February 2019, the managers are more optimistic than in January concerning the general business outlook of the sector: after a sharp fall in December and a rebound started in January, the corresponding balance of opinion has risen again and has returned above its long-term mean, practically to its level of November 2018. Fewer managers than in January have anticipated a decrease in their sales for the next three months. The corresponding balance of opinion has recovered but remains below its long-term mean. Nevertheless, that on past sales has deteriorated and has deviated even more from its long-term mean, reaching its lowest level since May 2017. The ordering intentions have hardly improved – the corresponding balance of opinion has just come back to its mean – maybe linked with the disposal of stocks. Indeed, stocks are deemed slightly lower: the associated balance has decreased after reaching in December 2018 its highest level since December 2016; it remains however above its mean. The balance of opinion on expected prices has recovered markedly and remains above its mean.

Tendency in retail trade and in trade and repair of motor vehicles

Balances of opinion, in %, S.A.
Tendency in retail trade and in trade and repair of motor vehicles (Balances of opinion, in %, S.A.)
Ave.(1) Nov 18 Dec 18 Jan 19 Feb 19
Business climate 100 107 99 100 102
General business outlook -28 -18 -36 -29 -20
Recent sales -6 -8 -9 -7 -12
Expected sales -1 7 -6 -7 -5
Ordering intentions -7 1 -5 -8 -7
Stocks 11 15 16 15 13
Past selling prices (2) -6 -2 -5
Expected selling prices -3 -1 5 -1 2
Cash position (2) -15 -13 -19
Workforce size: recent trend 1 4 -1 -3 1
Workforce size: future trend -3 -1 -5 -3 -5
  • (1) Average since 1991 (2004 for recent and expected sales and ordering intentions).
  • (2) Bi-monthly question (odd-numbered months).
  • Source: INSEE - monthly survey in retail trade and in trade and repair of motor vehicles

Recent sales and ordering intentions

Recent sales and ordering intentions
Ordering intentions (3 months forward) Recent sales
2010-01 -12.2 -4.2
2010-02 -10.5 -12.3
2010-03 -11.1 -20.1
2010-04 -4.5 -3.4
2010-05 -5.6 1.9
2010-06 -4.0 -1.5
2010-07 -9.0 -5.4
2010-08 -2.0 4.3
2010-09 -1.0 -1.6
2010-10 2.1 -4.1
2010-11 -5.9 -8.2
2010-12 -2.6 4.2
2011-01 -0.7 4.9
2011-02 -3.1 2.5
2011-03 -6.9 -6.3
2011-04 -6.9 1.0
2011-05 -6.8 3.2
2011-06 -10.7 -0.4
2011-07 -12.4 -9.6
2011-08 -11.5 -6.3
2011-09 -12.1 -17.2
2011-10 -12.8 -15.9
2011-11 -14.2 -13.3
2011-12 -15.3 -17.3
2012-01 -18.7 -19.6
2012-02 -15.8 -14.5
2012-03 -16.7 -12.3
2012-04 -13.3 -8.7
2012-05 -16.0 -15.2
2012-06 -12.2 -18.9
2012-07 -15.6 -19.6
2012-08 -15.2 -8.1
2012-09 -20.9 -23.7
2012-10 -19.2 -23.1
2012-11 -20.1 -16.8
2012-12 -19.1 -20.9
2013-01 -24.3 -16.5
2013-02 -14.3 -26.3
2013-03 -17.3 -25.8
2013-04 -19.5 -32.3
2013-05 -21.0 -30.3
2013-06 -18.7 -25.0
2013-07 -22.4 -26.2
2013-08 -13.6 -18.2
2013-09 -6.9 -12.8
2013-10 -14.2 -11.6
2013-11 -15.2 -13.3
2013-12 -16.3 -10.4
2014-01 -11.5 -9.8
2014-02 -13.6 -12.2
2014-03 -10.9 -16.9
2014-04 -9.6 -21.7
2014-05 -10.7 -15.3
2014-06 -13.3 -12.5
2014-07 -9.0 -6.1
2014-08 -17.6 -19.7
2014-09 -17.6 -30.6
2014-10 -18.4 -23.7
2014-11 -14.7 -15.2
2014-12 -13.7 -9.9
2015-01 -3.7 -7.7
2015-02 -2.7 -3.4
2015-03 -3.5 -5.5
2015-04 -2.5 -2.8
2015-05 -2.3 -4.9
2015-06 -0.9 -8.9
2015-07 -4.2 -0.8
2015-08 -1.7 8.1
2015-09 -1.5 1.5
2015-10 -1.8 4.4
2015-11 -3.7 2.6
2015-12 -5.9 -15.1
2016-01 -5.3 -3.9
2016-02 -7.8 -8.3
2016-03 -4.4 -5.3
2016-04 -9.3 1.4
2016-05 -3.4 4.3
2016-06 -3.6 -4.7
2016-07 -2.5 -5.2
2016-08 -3.9 -4.0
2016-09 -4.7 -10.6
2016-10 -10.5 -10.7
2016-11 -8.2 -6.6
2016-12 -0.1 -1.1
2017-01 0.3 3.4
2017-02 -1.6 5.2
2017-03 -1.3 -2.3
2017-04 -2.9 -12.3
2017-05 -0.8 -5.6
2017-06 0.0 -5.8
2017-07 3.6 7.9
2017-08 -5.6 0.4
2017-09 5.3 -5.3
2017-10 7.1 -3.1
2017-11 9.9 -7.0
2017-12 6.1 0.4
2018-01 4.9 4.1
2018-02 3.1 5.8
2018-03 0.3 -8.7
2018-04 2.7 -9.1
2018-05 4.8 -7.3
2018-06 6.0 -8.8
2018-07 8.3 -0.2
2018-08 9.0 2.1
2018-09 2.4 -1.3
2018-10 -5.4 -10.0
2018-11 1.0 -7.9
2018-12 -5.4 -9.2
2019-01 -7.8 -6.8
2019-02 -6.8 -12.0

Recent sales and ordering intentions

The opinion on past employment has improved whereas that on expected employment has deteriorated

More managers than in January have reported an increase in their staff size during the last three months; the corresponding balance has recovered and has returned to its average. In trade and repair of motor vehicles, it has reached a level unseen since the beginning of the series (February 2003). In contrast, concerning expected employment, the balance of opinon has slipped back and has returned below its average.

In retail trade, the business climate has slightly improved but remains rather gloomy

In retail trade, the business climate is less unfavourable than in January: the composite indicator that measures it has gained two points, to 96, still below its long-term mean.

Retailers are more optimistic than in January concerning the general business outlook of the sector: the corresponding balance has risen markedly for the second month in a row and has returned above its long-term mean. The balance of opinion on ordering intentions has sharply bounced back in non-specialised retail trade whereas it has fallen back in specialised retail trade. In both sectors, it remains below its long-term mean. Many more retailers of non-specialised retail trade than in January have indicated a decrease in their past sales: the corresponding balance of opinion has plummeted whereas that on expected sales has bounced back. However, both balances stand below their average. In contrast, specialised retailers are as pessimistic as in last month concerning their past sales and more of them have expected a decrease in their future sales. Both balances of opinion remain below their average. Overall, retailers have reported slightly lower stocks: the corresponding balance has decreased again a little and has returned to its average. Many more retailers have anticipated a rise in their prices: after a sharp fall in January, the corresponding balance has bounced back in February and has returned above its mean.

In trade and repair of motor vehicles, the business climate has improved and remain at a high level

In trade and repair of motor vehicles and motor cycles, the business climate has recovered and has gained three points. At 109, it remains largely above its long-term average (100).

The balances concerning the general business outlook and expected prices have increased markedly and have exceeded their long-term average even more. The balance of opinion on past sales has bounced back but remains below its mean. That on ordering intentions has slightly risen and so remains above its mean. Stocks are estimated less high than in January: the corresponding balance has decreased but is still at a high level. The balance of opinion on expected prices is virtually stable, just below its mean.

Recent sales and ordering intentions in trade and repair of motor vehicles

Recent sales and ordering intentions in trade and repair of motor vehicles
Ordering intentions (3 months forward) Recent sales
2010-01 -14.3 12.0
2010-02 -19.5 0.8
2010-03 -21.6 -22.9
2010-04 -15.3 -3.5
2010-05 -21.4 -0.4
2010-06 -14.3 -14.7
2010-07 -15.6 -6.3
2010-08 -14.0 -7.5
2010-09 -7.1 -16.0
2010-10 -6.9 -8.7
2010-11 -6.8 -6.9
2010-12 -9.6 10.8
2011-01 -7.9 16.7
2011-02 -8.5 10.5
2011-03 -11.5 2.2
2011-04 -15.1 9.1
2011-05 -15.4 2.4
2011-06 -15.6 1.3
2011-07 -10.3 -7.5
2011-08 -11.7 -11.8
2011-09 -16.7 -25.4
2011-10 -10.2 -17.3
2011-11 -20.3 -4.3
2011-12 -15.4 -9.9
2012-01 -34.9 -22.4
2012-02 -19.7 -31.9
2012-03 -25.9 -32.6
2012-04 -16.3 -31.5
2012-05 -22.8 -26.3
2012-06 -28.8 -35.6
2012-07 -34.8 -37.3
2012-08 -25.4 -24.4
2012-09 -35.6 -32.3
2012-10 -47.9 -50.2
2012-11 -31.4 -35.1
2012-12 -31.0 -35.3
2013-01 -35.4 -29.8
2013-02 -17.6 -43.9
2013-03 -25.6 -43.4
2013-04 -27.6 -38.6
2013-05 -24.5 -29.2
2013-06 -20.8 -29.8
2013-07 -19.8 -21.3
2013-08 -17.5 -27.2
2013-09 -11.9 -17.1
2013-10 -10.6 -23.0
2013-11 -14.7 -17.5
2013-12 -17.4 -15.4
2014-01 -13.3 -12.2
2014-02 -16.6 -17.0
2014-03 -10.6 -12.3
2014-04 -10.9 -13.7
2014-05 -10.6 -4.4
2014-06 -14.2 -9.3
2014-07 -8.6 -6.5
2014-08 -11.8 -10.8
2014-09 -21.4 -25.3
2014-10 -15.0 -20.4
2014-11 -10.9 3.0
2014-12 -4.3 -2.8
2015-01 -0.1 7.8
2015-02 -2.0 -0.6
2015-03 -0.9 1.7
2015-04 0.9 17.6
2015-05 3.2 17.9
2015-06 6.3 11.9
2015-07 -7.1 11.2
2015-08 -0.1 20.8
2015-09 3.0 -5.1
2015-10 -0.6 4.0
2015-11 3.8 6.8
2015-12 4.6 3.3
2016-01 3.5 -0.2
2016-02 3.4 2.0
2016-03 0.9 5.7
2016-04 -0.5 13.9
2016-05 -1.9 13.6
2016-06 3.5 13.7
2016-07 3.4 16.6
2016-08 3.6 12.4
2016-09 -4.1 -3.6
2016-10 -1.1 -2.4
2016-11 -3.1 4.7
2016-12 -2.4 2.4
2017-01 -5.3 9.9
2017-02 -3.8 6.9
2017-03 1.8 7.0
2017-04 2.8 10.2
2017-05 -0.6 2.3
2017-06 1.9 -2.9
2017-07 4.0 12.7
2017-08 2.7 15.1
2017-09 9.2 1.9
2017-10 13.5 2.5
2017-11 13.5 12.7
2017-12 9.5 14.7
2018-01 13.4 23.7
2018-02 17.1 21.3
2018-03 5.9 12.2
2018-04 10.5 16.3
2018-05 11.7 9.2
2018-06 6.1 15.0
2018-07 7.2 22.8
2018-08 8.8 15.7
2018-09 3.9 9.6
2018-10 5.2 4.3
2018-11 5.7 1.4
2018-12 0.9 -2.9
2019-01 -1.0 -11.5
2019-02 -0.1 -9.4

Recent sales and ordering intentions in trade and repair of motor vehicles

Business climate synthetic indicator in retail trade and in trade and repair of motor vehicles

Business climate synthetic indicator in retail trade and in trade and repair of motor vehicles
Retail trade Trade and repair of motor vehicles
2004-01 99.8 107.6
2004-02 97.3 109.5
2004-03 99.3 104.7
2004-04 102.4 102.3
2004-05 100.8 105.2
2004-06 102.3 100.2
2004-07 103.8 103.0
2004-08 103.5 103.1
2004-09 103.1 103.3
2004-10 102.2 103.8
2004-11 102.8 101.6
2004-12 104.4 98.0
2005-01 103.9 109.4
2005-02 103.0 102.8
2005-03 102.8 103.7
2005-04 102.4 104.9
2005-05 103.8 102.8
2005-06 100.1 99.4
2005-07 101.3 95.5
2005-08 100.8 98.1
2005-09 100.0 100.6
2005-10 101.7 101.7
2005-11 98.9 101.7
2005-12 102.8 103.3
2006-01 103.6 101.8
2006-02 104.8 98.3
2006-03 103.5 100.9
2006-04 105.4 100.5
2006-05 106.0 105.8
2006-06 109.1 105.7
2006-07 108.6 107.9
2006-08 107.3 108.3
2006-09 105.8 108.5
2006-10 105.8 111.6
2006-11 106.7 107.1
2006-12 105.1 105.9
2007-01 106.4 105.3
2007-02 109.3 110.2
2007-03 107.4 110.4
2007-04 109.3 112.2
2007-05 107.2 111.3
2007-06 117.0 114.8
2007-07 110.1 114.9
2007-08 109.9 114.7
2007-09 109.4 114.0
2007-10 109.8 107.4
2007-11 110.7 113.2
2007-12 108.0 115.8
2008-01 106.3 112.5
2008-02 103.6 112.2
2008-03 108.0 106.6
2008-04 101.5 107.0
2008-05 103.8 103.7
2008-06 98.0 104.0
2008-07 95.8 102.1
2008-08 93.9 94.9
2008-09 97.3 94.0
2008-10 79.7 88.0
2008-11 83.1 83.4
2008-12 73.4 81.3
2009-01 75.7 79.6
2009-02 77.7 81.6
2009-03 87.4 70.7
2009-04 78.6 73.5
2009-05 89.7 69.1
2009-06 85.3 70.9
2009-07 89.1 75.5
2009-08 93.5 75.8
2009-09 94.5 79.1
2009-10 95.6 81.1
2009-11 100.3 87.1
2009-12 97.2 90.4
2010-01 101.6 91.4
2010-02 99.9 92.9
2010-03 94.7 96.1
2010-04 101.1 99.4
2010-05 99.0 101.6
2010-06 97.4 100.3
2010-07 99.3 101.7
2010-08 100.8 103.7
2010-09 101.0 103.9
2010-10 102.5 104.9
2010-11 103.3 98.5
2010-12 104.1 103.2
2011-01 104.9 101.7
2011-02 106.6 101.9
2011-03 104.7 99.1
2011-04 102.5 99.9
2011-05 102.6 101.8
2011-06 102.1 100.0
2011-07 102.6 99.2
2011-08 99.0 97.1
2011-09 94.5 94.1
2011-10 95.6 93.7
2011-11 92.7 94.2
2011-12 92.7 95.5
2012-01 86.3 91.3
2012-02 89.5 90.3
2012-03 88.8 95.4
2012-04 91.6 95.8
2012-05 88.3 90.3
2012-06 87.5 94.1
2012-07 82.0 88.9
2012-08 85.9 92.1
2012-09 82.3 90.5
2012-10 77.3 94.4
2012-11 82.5 92.0
2012-12 83.7 88.7
2013-01 82.5 89.0
2013-02 85.5 89.8
2013-03 81.4 88.9
2013-04 81.8 86.6
2013-05 84.0 86.4
2013-06 87.1 85.5
2013-07 88.9 85.9
2013-08 91.7 93.0
2013-09 95.4 95.1
2013-10 94.8 94.9
2013-11 93.3 87.7
2013-12 94.2 94.5
2014-01 94.8 95.9
2014-02 94.4 94.4
2014-03 96.1 93.5
2014-04 99.1 95.9
2014-05 98.5 96.8
2014-06 96.2 94.3
2014-07 98.9 94.6
2014-08 96.3 88.4
2014-09 92.4 87.1
2014-10 95.2 85.3
2014-11 98.9 89.0
2014-12 99.7 91.6
2015-01 103.3 91.7
2015-02 103.0 97.5
2015-03 106.3 95.2
2015-04 109.0 94.0
2015-05 110.2 94.9
2015-06 110.0 96.8
2015-07 105.9 98.4
2015-08 110.1 97.2
2015-09 107.4 99.6
2015-10 107.2 101.6
2015-11 108.4 95.4
2015-12 106.4 95.1
2016-01 106.7 98.8
2016-02 108.2 95.0
2016-03 107.4 95.5
2016-04 109.0 96.2
2016-05 109.6 98.3
2016-06 110.6 96.2
2016-07 110.8 98.4
2016-08 108.3 98.9
2016-09 105.4 97.5
2016-10 106.3 96.7
2016-11 107.2 98.4
2016-12 108.4 101.7
2017-01 107.4 99.8
2017-02 107.6 100.0
2017-03 110.0 101.9
2017-04 109.5 99.6
2017-05 109.5 101.1
2017-06 111.5 104.9
2017-07 113.3 103.3
2017-08 112.7 102.6
2017-09 113.4 105.6
2017-10 115.2 106.0
2017-11 117.2 109.0
2017-12 116.0 107.6
2018-01 117.4 107.7
2018-02 120.5 108.5
2018-03 117.1 106.6
2018-04 118.4 105.6
2018-05 117.4 104.6
2018-06 117.2 106.6
2018-07 116.6 109.1
2018-08 113.8 104.7
2018-09 112.2 103.2
2018-10 112.0 98.6
2018-11 111.8 102.6
2018-12 107.6 94.5
2019-01 105.7 94.1
2019-02 108.5 96.2

Business climate synthetic indicator in retail trade and in trade and repair of motor vehicles

Detailed data

Balances of opinion, in %, S.A.
Detailed data (Balances of opinion, in %, S.A.)
Ave.(1) Nov 18 Dec 18 Jan 19 Feb 19
Retail trade - Global data
Business climate 100 103 95 94 96
Gener. busin. outlook -29 -21 -38 -32 -24
Recent sales -7 -12 -12 -5 -13
Expected sales 0 9 -7 -10 -9
Ordering intentions -6 0 -7 -13 -11
Stocks 10 11 13 11 10
Past selling prices (2) -8 -3 -8
Expected selling prices -5 -5 3 -6 0
Cash position (2) -13 -14 -19
Workforce size: recent trend 2 2 -3 -7 -3
Workforce size: future trend -2 -2 -7 -5 -6
Non-specialised retail trade
Recent sales -2 -5 2 9 -7
Expected sales 7 27 11 -8 -1
Ordering intentions 2 15 7 -7 1
Stocks 7 8 14 11 8
Past selling prices (2) -8 2 0
Expected selling prices -5 1 21 0 8
Cash position (2) -7 -9 -12
Specialised retail trade
Recent sales -12 -20 -27 -20 -20
Expected sales -8 -7 -26 -12 -19
Ordering intentions -16 -16 -24 -19 -25
Stocks 13 12 15 15 15
Past selling prices (2) -8 -9 -16
Expected selling prices -5 -11 -16 -12 -9
Cash position (2) -22 -20 -26
Trade and repair of motor cars and motorcycles
Business climate 100 112 108 106 109
Gener. busin. outlook -25 -6 -20 -18 -9
Recent sales -6 1 -3 -12 -9
Expected sales -5 4 -1 1 5
Ordering intentions -9 6 1 -1 0
Stocks 15 24 23 24 20
Past selling prices (2) 1 0 0
Expected selling prices 4 5 4 2 3
Cash position (2) -23 -14 -19
Workforce size: recent trend -7 4 7 6 12
Workforce size: future trend -6 6 4 1 1
  • (1) Average since 1991 (2003 for trade and repair of motor vehicles and 2004 for recent and expected sales and ordering intentions).
  • (2) Bi-monthly question (odd-numbered months).
  • Source: INSEE - monthly survey in retail trade and in trade and repair of motor vehicles

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The whole sector “retail trade and trade and repair of motor vehicles and motor cycles” is composed for 70% of retail trade and for 30% of trade and repair of motor vehicles and motor cycles.

A balance of opinion is the difference between weighted percentage of “increase” or “above normal” answers and weighted percentage of “decrease” or “below normal” answers.

Next issue: 26 March 2019 at 8:45 am


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