In January, households expenditure on goods decreased by 2.1% in volume*, after a 0.2% increase in December. This decrease is mainly attributable to a fall in car purchases and to a decrease of energy consumption.
After a bounce in December (+2.8%), households expenditure on durable goods declined in January (-4.3%), mainly because of the fall in car purchases. They fell in January (-7.7%) after an increase in December (+2.9%) due to households expecting a strenghtening of penalties on the purchase of cars from January 1st. Purchases in household durables slightly decreased (-1.5%) after an increase in December (+3.6%).
Households consumption of textile and leather, thanks to a profitable sales season, edged up to their level of November (+1.9%, after -1.8%).
In january, consumption expenditure on other engineered goods picked up (+0.5% after -0.1% in December), especially those on hardware which bounced.
[* 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, which flattened in December (+0.1 decreased anew in January (-0.5%). This decrease is mainly attributable to a decline of expenditure on tobacco products, following a price increase this month.
Households consumption of energy products decreased in January (-6.3% after -1.3%). After an already mild December, above average temperatures in January led to a decrease in expenditure on energy for heating purposes for the second consecutive month.
The change of household consumption of goods is now estimated at +0.2% in December, instead of -0.1% estimated for the previous publication.
This revision is mainly due to the integration of new information, notably regarding the expenditures on household durables, as well as the updating of the seasonal adjustment coefficients.
|In chained billion euros|
|Of which Automobiles||4,544||4,676||4,318|
|Of which Household durables||5,522||5,719||5,656|
|Other engineered goods||5,996||5,989||6,021|
|Including petroleum products||3,883||3,904||3,659|
n° 47 - February 28, 2014
Household consumption expenditure on goods - January 2014
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