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After rising for three months, household consumption expenditure on goods was broadly stable in February (+0.1%)

In February 2015, household consumption expenditure on goods was broadly stable: +0.1% in volume*, after +0.7% in January. The high vigour of spending on energy and other engineered goods was offset by a slight decline in the consumption of clothes and cars.

Engineered goods : virtually stable

In February, household consumption of engineered goods was virtually stable (+0.1% after +1.5%).

Durables: near stability

Household expenditure on durable goods was also practically stable in February (-0.1% after +1.8%). In detail, expenditure on cars decreased (-0.8% after +3.4% in January), while expenditure on household durables kept growing (+0.5% after +1.0% in January).

Textile-leather: slight drop

Consumption of textile, clothing and leather slightly decreased in February (-0.4% after +2.0%), for the first time since September 2014.

Other engineered goods: increasing

In February, consumption expenditure on other engineered goods sped up slightly (+0.7%, after +0.5% in January), especially due to expenditure on perfumes and hardware.

[* Volumes are chained and all figures are trading days and seasonally adjusted.]

Total consumption of goods

Total consumption of goods

Food and engineered goods

Food and engineered goods

Breakdown of engineered goods

Breakdown of engineered goods

Food products: decreasing

Consumption of food products decreased slightly in February (–0.3% after –0.1% in January), mainly as a result of the decline in tobacco expenditure.

Energy: slight acceleration

Household consumption of energy products accelerated slightly in February (+0.8% after +0.6%). This dynamism essentially reflected high level in heating expenditure, the temperatures being slightly below seasonal norms in February. By contrast, fuel expenditure declined again, but at a lower pace.

The variation in January is scaled up by 0.1 point

The growth in household consumption of goods in January 2015 is scaled up by 0.1 point: it is now estimated at +0.7%, instead of +0.6% within the previous publication.

This revision is mainly due to the integration of new information, as well as the updating of the seasonal adjustment coefficients.

Energy

Energy
Household consumption expenditure on goods
In chained billion euros
Dec. Jan. Feb. Feb.2015/
2014 2015 2015 Feb.2014
Food products 15.986 15.962 15.908
Change (%) 0.7 –0.1 –0.3 1.4
Engineered goods 20.113 20.408 20.422
Change (%) 0.3 1.5 0.1 2.4
Durables 9.959 10.143 10.132
Change (%) –0.4 1.8 –0.1 3.5
- of which automobiles 4.568 4.723 4.686
Change (%) –0.4 3.4 –0.8 –0.2
- of which household durables 4.161 4.202 4.222
Change (%) –0.5 1.0 0.5 9.7
Textile-leather 4.160 4.241 4.225
Change (%) 2.0 2.0 –0.4 2.2
Other engineered goods 5.993 6.022 6.063
Change (%) 0.1 0.5 0.7 0.8
Energy 7.173 7.217 7.274
Change (%) 6.9 0.6 0.8 7.9
- including petroleum products 4.516 4.425 4.409
Change (%) 9.0 –2.0 –0.3 6.6
Total 43.268 43.571 43.593
Change (%) 1.6 0.7 0.1 3.0
Manufactured goods 37.176 37.272 37.225
Change (%) 1.3 0.3 –0.1 2.4

Informations Rapides

n° 76 - March 31, 2015

Household consumption expenditure on goods - February 2015

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