26 March 2020
N° 2020-78

In March 2020, the business climate has fallen abruptly in retail tradeMonthly survey of retailing - March 2020

According to the managers in retail trade and in trade and repair of motor vehicles, the business climate has fallen steeply in March 2020. The composite indicator that measures it, calculated since January 1991, has lost 13 points. The former declines of the same order of magnitude are those observed in October 2008 (-13 points) and in June 1993 (-12 points). At 92, it has fallen significantly below its long-term average.

Informations rapides
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Informations rapides  No 78 - March 2020
Warning

Given the context of the fight against the spread of COVID-19, the statistics published in this issue of Informations Rapides may be less accurate than usual.

Companies’ responses were collected between 26 February and 23 March 2020. However, as of 14 March, only the responses received via the internet could be processed. In addition, many companies may have encountered difficulties in responding to the survey. Most responses were collected before 16 March 2020, the date from which schools have been closed.

According to the managers in retail trade and in trade and repair of motor vehicles, the business climate has fallen steeply in March 2020. The composite indicator that measures it, calculated since January 1991, has lost 13 points. The former declines of the same order of magnitude are those observed in October 2008 (-13 points) and in June 1993 (-12 points). At 92, it has fallen significantly below its long-term average.

Composite indicator

Composite indicator
Business climate synthetic indicator
1998-01 107.6
1998-02 110.9
1998-03 109.2
1998-04 106.4
1998-05 108.4
1998-06 111.4
1998-07 114.2
1998-08 112.7
1998-09 111.6
1998-10 111.9
1998-11 109.7
1998-12 107.4
1999-01 107.9
1999-02 108.3
1999-03 109.3
1999-04 109.3
1999-05 108.1
1999-06 106.5
1999-07 110.5
1999-08 114.0
1999-09 117.9
1999-10 120.6
1999-11 119.0
1999-12 123.1
2000-01 116.8
2000-02 116.9
2000-03 119.0
2000-04 121.1
2000-05 117.9
2000-06 116.1
2000-07 121.6
2000-08 121.3
2000-09 121.4
2000-10 119.0
2000-11 115.4
2000-12 116.0
2001-01 114.9
2001-02 115.9
2001-03 115.4
2001-04 111.7
2001-05 112.2
2001-06 111.6
2001-07 106.9
2001-08 105.9
2001-09 105.2
2001-10 102.5
2001-11 102.3
2001-12 105.5
2002-01 105.2
2002-02 101.0
2002-03 103.2
2002-04 104.3
2002-05 104.4
2002-06 106.7
2002-07 106.1
2002-08 104.5
2002-09 103.0
2002-10 98.7
2002-11 102.5
2002-12 102.5
2003-01 98.1
2003-02 94.5
2003-03 88.5
2003-04 84.8
2003-05 94.3
2003-06 93.7
2003-07 92.7
2003-08 91.9
2003-09 90.8
2003-10 92.0
2003-11 96.6
2003-12 96.5
2004-01 104.8
2004-02 104.3
2004-03 103.5
2004-04 102.9
2004-05 102.8
2004-06 101.1
2004-07 103.4
2004-08 103.9
2004-09 104.1
2004-10 105.2
2004-11 101.9
2004-12 100.4
2005-01 105.8
2005-02 102.9
2005-03 103.6
2005-04 102.7
2005-05 100.9
2005-06 97.1
2005-07 95.1
2005-08 96.7
2005-09 97.8
2005-10 100.4
2005-11 99.0
2005-12 102.9
2006-01 102.2
2006-02 101.4
2006-03 101.5
2006-04 102.2
2006-05 105.2
2006-06 106.8
2006-07 107.8
2006-08 108.9
2006-09 109.7
2006-10 111.0
2006-11 109.3
2006-12 107.4
2007-01 106.6
2007-02 111.3
2007-03 110.2
2007-04 111.9
2007-05 113.7
2007-06 119.3
2007-07 116.1
2007-08 114.4
2007-09 112.5
2007-10 110.8
2007-11 112.7
2007-12 113.6
2008-01 109.6
2008-02 108.1
2008-03 107.9
2008-04 103.0
2008-05 102.1
2008-06 99.1
2008-07 96.0
2008-08 92.9
2008-09 93.9
2008-10 81.1
2008-11 81.0
2008-12 76.1
2009-01 76.8
2009-02 78.3
2009-03 78.1
2009-04 74.5
2009-05 78.0
2009-06 77.7
2009-07 83.6
2009-08 84.8
2009-09 88.5
2009-10 90.7
2009-11 95.9
2009-12 95.5
2010-01 97.3
2010-02 97.5
2010-03 97.1
2010-04 101.9
2010-05 101.1
2010-06 99.6
2010-07 100.6
2010-08 104.8
2010-09 105.1
2010-10 106.5
2010-11 103.2
2010-12 106.6
2011-01 105.5
2011-02 105.6
2011-03 103.3
2011-04 102.7
2011-05 103.8
2011-06 101.9
2011-07 101.6
2011-08 97.9
2011-09 93.7
2011-10 94.6
2011-11 93.3
2011-12 92.8
2012-01 88.4
2012-02 90.0
2012-03 93.4
2012-04 95.7
2012-05 90.2
2012-06 92.3
2012-07 87.9
2012-08 89.8
2012-09 85.7
2012-10 87.2
2012-11 87.5
2012-12 86.9
2013-01 85.0
2013-02 88.3
2013-03 85.4
2013-04 83.4
2013-05 82.8
2013-06 83.9
2013-07 85.0
2013-08 92.4
2013-09 96.2
2013-10 94.7
2013-11 90.2
2013-12 93.4
2014-01 94.7
2014-02 93.8
2014-03 94.2
2014-04 95.5
2014-05 95.4
2014-06 93.6
2014-07 95.4
2014-08 89.7
2014-09 87.8
2014-10 88.0
2014-11 91.4
2014-12 93.3
2015-01 96.9
2015-02 100.1
2015-03 100.5
2015-04 101.2
2015-05 101.4
2015-06 102.7
2015-07 102.1
2015-08 104.7
2015-09 104.7
2015-10 106.7
2015-11 103.5
2015-12 100.6
2016-01 103.6
2016-02 101.4
2016-03 102.3
2016-04 102.2
2016-05 104.9
2016-06 102.5
2016-07 103.7
2016-08 103.5
2016-09 102.3
2016-10 101.3
2016-11 103.5
2016-12 107.8
2017-01 106.2
2017-02 105.0
2017-03 106.2
2017-04 104.7
2017-05 106.1
2017-06 110.5
2017-07 111.2
2017-08 108.6
2017-09 112.7
2017-10 114.5
2017-11 115.5
2017-12 116.0
2018-01 115.2
2018-02 115.6
2018-03 113.0
2018-04 112.6
2018-05 112.2
2018-06 112.2
2018-07 113.1
2018-08 111.4
2018-09 108.6
2018-10 105.7
2018-11 107.0
2018-12 99.4
2019-01 99.8
2019-02 101.9
2019-03 102.6
2019-04 106.2
2019-05 104.1
2019-06 103.9
2019-07 105.0
2019-08 99.8
2019-09 105.3
2019-10 105.0
2019-11 105.9
2019-12 108.2
2020-01 103.9
2020-02 105.0
2020-03 91.9

Composite indicator

  • Source: INSEE.

Very sharp declinefor the general outlook

In March 2020, the balance of opinion of business managers on the general business outlook on their sector has declined very strongly, as well as, to a lesser extent, the one on ordering intentions. The balance of opinion on the level of stocks has increased, albeit moderately. The one on cash position, bimonthly, has been virtually stable since January 2020.

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) Dec. 19 Jan. 20 Feb. 20 Mar. 20
Business climate 100 108 104 105 92
General business outlook -28 -9 -19 -15 -40
Recent sales -6 -1 13 2 -3
Expected sales -2 0 -10 -10 -16
Ordering intentions -7 3 -4 1 -10
Stocks 11 9 7 9 13
Past selling prices (2) -6 5 2
Expected selling prices -3 3 0 3 -1
Cash position (2) -15 -12 -11
Workforce size: recent trend 1 -3 -8 -3 -9
Workforce size: future trend -3 -7 -5 -10 -14
  • (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 Recent sales
2010-01 -13.1 -4.8
2010-02 -9.7 -13.2
2010-03 -10.0 -20.2
2010-04 -4.6 -3.0
2010-05 -6.7 2.2
2010-06 -5.2 -0.9
2010-07 -8.0 -5.1
2010-08 -2.2 4.2
2010-09 -2.1 -1.7
2010-10 2.0 -3.9
2010-11 -5.3 -8.1
2010-12 -1.2 4.1
2011-01 -1.4 4.3
2011-02 -2.5 1.6
2011-03 -5.7 -6.3
2011-04 -7.2 1.5
2011-05 -7.8 3.5
2011-06 -11.6 0.2
2011-07 -11.9 -9.3
2011-08 -11.8 -6.4
2011-09 -13.3 -17.3
2011-10 -13.0 -15.7
2011-11 -13.0 -13.2
2011-12 -14.0 -17.4
2012-01 -19.4 -20.3
2012-02 -15.3 -15.3
2012-03 -15.7 -12.4
2012-04 -13.5 -8.2
2012-05 -17.0 -14.9
2012-06 -12.8 -18.3
2012-07 -15.7 -19.4
2012-08 -15.4 -8.2
2012-09 -22.1 -23.8
2012-10 -19.3 -22.9
2012-11 -18.6 -16.6
2012-12 -18.2 -21.0
2013-01 -24.9 -17.2
2013-02 -13.6 -27.2
2013-03 -16.6 -25.9
2013-04 -19.4 -31.8
2013-05 -22.0 -29.9
2013-06 -19.2 -24.4
2013-07 -23.2 -26.1
2013-08 -13.7 -18.3
2013-09 -7.8 -12.8
2013-10 -13.9 -11.4
2013-11 -13.8 -13.0
2013-12 -15.8 -10.5
2014-01 -11.8 -10.6
2014-02 -12.8 -13.1
2014-03 -10.4 -17.0
2014-04 -9.5 -21.3
2014-05 -11.6 -14.8
2014-06 -13.8 -11.9
2014-07 -10.4 -5.9
2014-08 -17.5 -19.8
2014-09 -18.4 -30.6
2014-10 -17.8 -23.6
2014-11 -13.7 -14.8
2014-12 -13.2 -10.1
2015-01 -4.0 -8.6
2015-02 -1.7 -4.4
2015-03 -2.8 -5.6
2015-04 -2.2 -2.5
2015-05 -2.9 -4.4
2015-06 -1.5 -8.3
2015-07 -6.3 -0.6
2015-08 -1.6 8.1
2015-09 -2.2 1.5
2015-10 -1.1 4.5
2015-11 -3.2 3.0
2015-12 -5.2 -15.2
2016-01 -5.6 -4.9
2016-02 -6.8 -9.3
2016-03 -3.2 -5.4
2016-04 -9.0 1.6
2016-05 -3.7 4.8
2016-06 -4.1 -4.1
2016-07 -4.8 -5.0
2016-08 -4.0 -4.1
2016-09 -5.5 -10.6
2016-10 -9.8 -10.6
2016-11 -8.0 -6.3
2016-12 0.7 -1.1
2017-01 -0.1 2.4
2017-02 -0.6 4.3
2017-03 0.4 -2.4
2017-04 -2.5 -12.1
2017-05 -1.0 -5.2
2017-06 -0.5 -5.2
2017-07 1.1 8.2
2017-08 -6.3 0.3
2017-09 4.6 -5.2
2017-10 7.6 -3.0
2017-11 9.8 -6.7
2017-12 6.9 0.4
2018-01 4.6 3.1
2018-02 4.1 4.8
2018-03 2.0 -8.8
2018-04 3.1 -8.9
2018-05 4.6 -6.9
2018-06 5.7 -8.1
2018-07 6.1 0.2
2018-08 8.2 2.0
2018-09 1.5 -1.2
2018-10 -5.0 -9.9
2018-11 0.9 -7.5
2018-12 -4.5 -9.2
2019-01 -7.8 -7.9
2019-02 -5.6 -9.8
2019-03 -2.8 -18.3
2019-04 1.5 -12.3
2019-05 -4.4 -11.0
2019-06 -7.2 -8.6
2019-07 -2.6 -1.7
2019-08 -12.5 -3.7
2019-09 -4.0 -2.7
2019-10 -5.9 -8.1
2019-11 0.5 -6.7
2019-12 2.9 -1.3
2020-01 -3.7 12.5
2020-02 0.8 2.3
2020-03 -10.2 -3.1

Recent sales and ordering intentions

  • Source: INSEE.

For employment, drop in the balances on recent and future workforce size

The balances of opinion of business managers on recent and future change in employment have sharply declined and deviated further from their long-term average.

In retail trade, as well as in trade and repair of motor vehicles, the business climate has fallen abruptly

In March 2020, the business climate has deteriorated abruptly in retail trade and stands very far below its average. However, the quite volatile balance of opinion on expected sales of food has increased strongly (+32 points in one month).

The business climate has also deteriorated strongly in retail and repair of motor vehicles. Otherwise, this indicator has been revised upwards by two points for February 2020, due to the integration of late answers from companies.

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 Recent sales
2010-01 -14.4 12.0
2010-02 -19.2 0.8
2010-03 -21.0 -22.9
2010-04 -16.2 -3.5
2010-05 -21.0 -0.4
2010-06 -15.8 -14.7
2010-07 -15.3 -6.3
2010-08 -14.4 -7.5
2010-09 -6.9 -16.0
2010-10 -5.1 -8.7
2010-11 -7.5 -6.9
2010-12 -9.5 10.8
2011-01 -7.9 16.7
2011-02 -8.6 10.5
2011-03 -11.3 2.2
2011-04 -15.3 9.1
2011-05 -15.3 2.4
2011-06 -16.5 1.3
2011-07 -10.1 -7.5
2011-08 -12.2 -11.8
2011-09 -16.6 -25.4
2011-10 -8.7 -17.3
2011-11 -20.7 -4.3
2011-12 -15.4 -9.9
2012-01 -35.0 -22.4
2012-02 -19.7 -31.9
2012-03 -25.9 -32.6
2012-04 -16.0 -31.5
2012-05 -23.0 -26.3
2012-06 -29.2 -35.6
2012-07 -34.7 -37.3
2012-08 -25.8 -24.4
2012-09 -35.7 -32.3
2012-10 -46.9 -50.2
2012-11 -31.4 -35.1
2012-12 -31.1 -35.3
2013-01 -35.5 -29.8
2013-02 -17.5 -43.9
2013-03 -25.7 -43.4
2013-04 -27.3 -38.6
2013-05 -24.5 -29.2
2013-06 -20.9 -29.8
2013-07 -19.9 -21.3
2013-08 -18.0 -27.2
2013-09 -12.1 -17.1
2013-10 -9.9 -23.0
2013-11 -14.7 -17.5
2013-12 -17.5 -15.4
2014-01 -13.4 -12.2
2014-02 -16.5 -17.0
2014-03 -10.5 -12.3
2014-04 -10.7 -13.7
2014-05 -10.6 -4.4
2014-06 -14.2 -9.3
2014-07 -8.7 -6.5
2014-08 -12.3 -10.8
2014-09 -21.5 -25.3
2014-10 -14.7 -20.4
2014-11 -10.9 3.0
2014-12 -4.3 -2.8
2015-01 -0.2 7.8
2015-02 -2.0 -0.6
2015-03 -0.4 1.7
2015-04 0.9 17.6
2015-05 3.2 17.9
2015-06 6.4 11.9
2015-07 -7.2 11.2
2015-08 -0.7 20.8
2015-09 3.1 -5.1
2015-10 -0.7 4.0
2015-11 3.6 6.8
2015-12 4.7 3.3
2016-01 3.6 -0.2
2016-02 3.2 2.0
2016-03 2.0 5.7
2016-04 -0.7 13.9
2016-05 -2.0 13.6
2016-06 3.9 13.7
2016-07 3.3 16.6
2016-08 2.7 12.4
2016-09 -3.8 -3.6
2016-10 -1.3 -2.4
2016-11 -3.5 4.7
2016-12 -2.3 2.4
2017-01 -5.1 9.9
2017-02 -4.2 6.9
2017-03 3.7 7.0
2017-04 2.4 10.2
2017-05 -0.8 2.3
2017-06 2.6 -2.9
2017-07 3.8 12.7
2017-08 1.4 15.1
2017-09 9.7 1.9
2017-10 13.0 2.5
2017-11 12.8 12.7
2017-12 9.7 14.7
2018-01 14.0 23.7
2018-02 16.1 21.3
2018-03 8.3 12.2
2018-04 10.3 16.3
2018-05 11.7 9.2
2018-06 6.9 15.0
2018-07 7.3 22.8
2018-08 7.2 15.7
2018-09 4.4 9.6
2018-10 4.0 4.3
2018-11 4.5 1.4
2018-12 1.6 -2.9
2019-01 -0.1 -11.5
2019-02 -0.7 -10.4
2019-03 0.4 -10.4
2019-04 -1.6 -0.8
2019-05 2.9 -5.1
2019-06 4.5 -1.3
2019-07 2.5 9.4
2019-08 2.8 13.3
2019-09 1.2 -1.1
2019-10 2.4 1.0
2019-11 -2.1 -1.1
2019-12 0.7 2.8
2020-01 5.1 23.2
2020-02 2.8 11.6
2020-03 -10.6 10.5

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

  • Source: INSEE.

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
Trade and repair of motor vehicles Retail trade
2004-01 99.3 106.9
2004-02 96.5 108.8
2004-03 98.9 104.8
2004-04 101.2 102.5
2004-05 99.6 106.1
2004-06 101.1 100.7
2004-07 102.8 102.8
2004-08 102.9 103.4
2004-09 102.9 103.3
2004-10 101.8 104.8
2004-11 101.9 102.2
2004-12 103.7 98.1
2005-01 102.8 109.0
2005-02 102.2 102.4
2005-03 102.1 104.0
2005-04 100.9 105.0
2005-05 101.8 103.7
2005-06 98.6 99.7
2005-07 100.3 94.9
2005-08 100.1 98.1
2005-09 99.9 100.4
2005-10 101.2 102.4
2005-11 98.4 101.8
2005-12 102.2 103.5
2006-01 102.5 101.7
2006-02 103.4 98.0
2006-03 102.2 101.3
2006-04 103.7 100.6
2006-05 104.6 106.4
2006-06 107.7 105.9
2006-07 107.7 107.5
2006-08 106.7 108.4
2006-09 105.9 108.6
2006-10 105.3 112.7
2006-11 105.8 107.2
2006-12 104.6 106.4
2007-01 104.7 105.5
2007-02 108.0 110.6
2007-03 106.4 111.3
2007-04 107.9 112.3
2007-05 106.3 111.9
2007-06 115.8 115.3
2007-07 109.5 114.9
2007-08 109.0 115.0
2007-09 109.3 114.3
2007-10 109.4 108.5
2007-11 109.6 113.5
2007-12 107.0 116.5
2008-01 104.9 113.2
2008-02 102.3 112.8
2008-03 106.4 107.8
2008-04 100.6 107.1
2008-05 102.2 103.8
2008-06 96.6 104.1
2008-07 95.0 101.7
2008-08 93.2 95.0
2008-09 96.1 93.9
2008-10 79.4 88.4
2008-11 80.8 83.2
2008-12 73.0 81.4
2009-01 74.7 79.9
2009-02 76.7 81.7
2009-03 84.8 71.0
2009-04 77.4 73.2
2009-05 87.3 68.5
2009-06 83.8 70.2
2009-07 88.2 74.9
2009-08 92.1 75.5
2009-09 94.4 78.8
2009-10 95.4 81.2
2009-11 99.5 87.5
2009-12 97.0 90.6
2010-01 100.3 91.6
2010-02 98.3 93.1
2010-03 94.2 96.6
2010-04 100.1 99.5
2010-05 98.2 101.6
2010-06 96.1 99.9
2010-07 98.8 101.5
2010-08 99.9 104.0
2010-09 100.7 104.1
2010-10 102.0 105.5
2010-11 102.4 99.3
2010-12 103.3 103.6
2011-01 103.7 102.1
2011-02 104.9 102.3
2011-03 104.2 99.7
2011-04 101.5 100.3
2011-05 101.6 102.1
2011-06 100.9 99.9
2011-07 102.0 99.3
2011-08 97.9 97.5
2011-09 94.3 94.4
2011-10 94.9 94.2
2011-11 91.4 95.0
2011-12 91.4 95.5
2012-01 85.6 91.5
2012-02 87.8 90.5
2012-03 88.0 95.7
2012-04 90.6 96.1
2012-05 87.0 90.3
2012-06 86.6 93.8
2012-07 81.2 88.8
2012-08 84.3 92.3
2012-09 81.5 90.5
2012-10 77.0 94.9
2012-11 81.5 92.5
2012-12 82.9 88.7
2013-01 81.5 88.9
2013-02 83.5 89.8
2013-03 79.5 88.9
2013-04 79.8 86.7
2013-05 81.7 86.0
2013-06 85.1 85.1
2013-07 87.2 85.7
2013-08 90.4 93.2
2013-09 94.5 95.2
2013-10 93.8 95.8
2013-11 91.9 87.9
2013-12 93.2 94.5
2014-01 93.5 96.0
2014-02 92.8 94.4
2014-03 94.3 93.5
2014-04 97.7 96.0
2014-05 96.6 96.6
2014-06 94.1 94.1
2014-07 97.3 94.6
2014-08 94.9 88.6
2014-09 92.1 87.1
2014-10 94.4 86.3
2014-11 97.6 88.8
2014-12 98.6 91.7
2015-01 102.3 91.8
2015-02 101.6 97.4
2015-03 105.0 95.5
2015-04 107.1 94.4
2015-05 108.5 94.8
2015-06 108.1 96.8
2015-07 104.7 98.5
2015-08 109.3 97.7
2015-09 107.2 99.6
2015-10 106.6 102.9
2015-11 107.3 95.1
2015-12 105.7 95.3
2016-01 106.3 99.2
2016-02 107.1 94.9
2016-03 105.9 96.1
2016-04 107.2 96.7
2016-05 108.2 98.5
2016-06 108.9 96.2
2016-07 109.5 98.3
2016-08 107.3 99.2
2016-09 105.6 97.5
2016-10 106.0 97.9
2016-11 106.6 97.9
2016-12 108.1 102.2
2017-01 107.2 100.6
2017-02 106.6 100.2
2017-03 108.8 102.4
2017-04 107.5 100.2
2017-05 108.3 101.4
2017-06 110.8 104.9
2017-07 112.5 103.4
2017-08 112.4 102.9
2017-09 113.8 105.6
2017-10 114.9 107.4
2017-11 116.3 108.3
2017-12 115.7 108.3
2018-01 116.9 108.8
2018-02 119.3 108.9
2018-03 116.3 107.2
2018-04 117.2 106.2
2018-05 116.6 105.3
2018-06 116.3 106.5
2018-07 115.7 109.2
2018-08 113.4 104.9
2018-09 113.0 103.0
2018-10 112.1 99.8
2018-11 111.9 101.7
2018-12 107.9 95.2
2019-01 106.8 95.2
2019-02 106.7 96.8
2019-03 108.1 95.1
2019-04 108.7 100.5
2019-05 109.6 98.0
2019-06 108.5 96.7
2019-07 108.0 98.7
2019-08 110.6 85.7
2019-09 109.5 95.6
2019-10 108.2 96.5
2019-11 108.0 93.8
2019-12 108.3 99.2
2020-01 110.3 94.6
2020-02 110.6 93.7
2020-03 100.5 82.8

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

  • Source: INSEE.

Detailed data

Balances of opinion, in %, S.A.
Detailed data (Balances of opinion, in %, S.A.)
Ave.(1) Dec. 19 Jan. 20 Feb. 20 Mar. 20
Retail trade - Global data
Business climate 100 99 95 94 83
Gener. busin. outlook -28 -9 -20 -17 -40
Recent sales -7 -3 8 -2 -9
Expected sales 0 1 -13 -11 -12
Ordering intentions -6 4 -8 0 -10
Stocks 10 6 3 7 11
Past selling prices (2) -8 5 -3
Expected selling prices -5 1 -4 1 -3
Cash position (2) -13 -12 -11
Workforce size: recent trend 1 -4 -8 -3 -10
Workforce size: future trend -3 -8 -7 -14 -18
Non-specialized retail trade
Recent sales -2 -9 16 -3 -7
Expected sales 6 -1 -18 -14 0
Ordering intentions 2 13 -5 9 4
Stocks 7 2 5 6 8
Past selling prices (2) -8 8 -2
Expected selling prices -5 0 -8 1 -3
Cash position (2) -7 -6 -7
Specialised retail trade
Recent sales -12 3 -2 -1 -12
Expected sales -8 3 -7 -8 -26
Ordering intentions -16 -6 -10 -10 -25
Stocks 13 11 2 8 15
Past selling prices (2) -8 1 -4
Expected selling prices -5 1 1 1 -2
Cash position (2) -22 -18 -15
Trade and repair of motor cars and motocycles
Business climate 100 108 110 111 101
Gener. busin. outlook -24 -7 -13 -9 -40
Recent sales -5 3 23 12 11
Expected sales -5 -4 -5 -8 -23
Ordering intentions -8 1 5 3 -11
Stocks 15 17 15 13 18
Past selling prices (2) 1 5 15
Expected selling prices 4 9 9 7 4
Cash position (2) -22 -14 -12
Workforce size: recent trend -7 1 -5 -1 -3
Workforce size: future trend -5 -2 3 4 0
  • (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

For more information

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.

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