In March, households expenditure on goods increased by 1.3% in volume*, after a 0.2% decrease in February. Over the first quarter, they decreased by 0.4% (after 0.1% in Q4 2012). The increase in March iwas mainly attributable to a bounce in food products and to the dynamism of the consumption of energy products.
Durables: slightly decreasing
After a slight bounce in February (+1.0%), households expenditure on durable goods were almost stable in March (0.1%). Over the first quarter, they decreased by 3.9% (after +0.9% in Q4 2012). Expenditure on cars decreased in March (0.9%, after +2.7% in February), and, given the fall in January (11,0%), sharply decreased over the quarter (6.8% after 0.1%). Moreover, despite a recovery in March (+1.2%, after 1.0% in February), purchases in household durables weakened over the quarter (0.7%, after +2.4% in Q4 2012).
Textile-leather: decreasing again
After a sharp decresase in February (-4.8%), households consumption of textile and leather declined again in March (2.9%). The low temperatures could have been unfavorable to purchases in spring and summer clothes. Consumption of textile-leather decreased by 1.7% over the first quarter (after 0.7%).
[* Volumes are chained and all figures are trading days and seasonally adjusted.]
Total consumption of goods
Food and engineered goods
Decomposition of engineered goods
Other engineered goods: slightly increasing
Consumption expenditure on other engineered goods slightly increased in March (+0.3%, after 0.3% in February). In particular, purchases on hardware slightly improved. It was stable over the quarter (after 0.7%).
After a decrease in February (0.3%), consumption of food products was dynamic in March (+2.6%). It increased over the first quarter too (+0.9%, after 0.9% over Q4 2012).
After two consecutive months of increase in January (+1.4%) and February (+1.2%), households consumption of energy products accelerated in March (+2.6%), due to below average temperatures. Consumption of energy accelerated this winter (+1.7%), after a stability in autumn.
The evolution of household consumption of goods in February is not revised
The increase in consumption of goods in February is still estimated at 0.2%, as it was for the previous publication. Some minor revisions offset each other.
|In chained billion euros|
|Jan.||Feb.||March||March 13/||Q1 13/|
|2013||2013||2013||March 12||Q4 12|
|Other engineered goods||6.005||5.987||6.002|
|Including petroleum products||3.867||3.894||4.029|
n° 104 - April 30, 2013
Household consumption expenditure on goods - March 2013
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