In February, household consumption expenditure on goods increased by 0.1% in volume*, after a 2.1% decrease in January. The rebound in car purchases was globally offset by a decline in most of the other items, notably the consumption of food products.
After an increase in December (+3.2%) and a decrease in January (–4.5%), household expenditure on durable goods bounced in February (+2.4%). That profile was mainly attributable to car purchases (+5.1% after 3.9% in December and –7.6% in January), which was affected by the strenghtening of penalties on the purchase of polluting cars from January 1st, 2014. Thus in february, the level of purchases stood slightly above the level of November. Conversely, purchases of household durables declined for the second month in a row (–0.8% after –1.9%) after a strong increase in December (+3.5%).
Household consumption of textile, clothing and leather fell slightly after a rise in January (–0.3%, after +2.0%).
In February, consumption expenditure on other engineered goods declined slightly (–0.2% after +0.5% in January), especially because of a decline in expenditure on hardware.
* Volumes are chained and all figures are trading days and seasonally adjusted.
Total consumption of goods
Food and engineered goods
Breakdown of engineered goods
Consumption of food products fell again in February (–0.7% after –0.5%). It has been the fourth consecutive month of decrease since the increase in October 2013.
In February, household consumption of energy products decreased slightly (–0.6%) after a more significant drop in January (–6.4%). Expenditure for heating purposes (electricity, gas, fuel…) remained low for the season because of above average temperatures in February once again. Moreover, fuel expenditure dipped.
Household consumption expenditure on goods decreased by 2.1% in January, as indicated by the previous publication.
Some slight revisions, offsetting each other, are mainly due to the integration of new information, as well as to the updating of the seasonal adjustment coefficients.
|In chained billion euros|
|Of which Automobiles||4.699||4.344||4.567|
|Of which Household durables||5.708||5.600||5.558|
|Other engineered goods||5.986||6.017||6.007|
|Including petroleum products||3.900||3.650||3.594|
n° 70 - March 28, 2014
Household consumption expenditure on goods - February 2014
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