In April, households’ expenditure in goods decreased by 1.8% in volume*, after having stepped back by –1.0% in March. This decrease is mainly imputable to a sharp decrease of durables, automobiles in particular, and also to a decrease in energy expenditure. Food products’ consumption increased.
[* Volumes are chained and all figures are trading days and seasonally adjusted.]
Durables : sharp decrease
Households’ expenditure in durables sharply decreased in April (–6.3%, after -1.2% in March). This decrease is mainly due to a marked fall in car purchases (–10.2% after –2.1% in March). The first quarter had however been supported by delays in delivering late 2010’s orders. In april, these purchases underwent the aftereffect of the scrappage program’s end in january first. Household durables also decreased (–1.5%, after –0.6% in March).
Textile-leather : decreasing in April
In April, purchases in textile and leather slightly decreased (–0.5%) after the aftereffect in March (–4.2%) of a favorable sales calendar in February (+5.5%).
Other engineered goods : increasing
Expenditures in other engineered goods increased in April (+0.2%) after another increase in March (+0.3%).
In April, households’ expenditure in food products increased (+0.8% after –0.7% in March). Purchases of grocery products increased while those of tobacco products dropped.
Consumption of energy products decreased in April (–3.2% after –0.7% in March). In particular, expenditure of pretroleum products (gas, gasoline, fuel) plunged (3.4% after –1.2% in March). Overall, the drop of energy consumption can be explained by mild weather conditions which tempered the need for heating energy.
|In chained billion euros|
|Other engineered goods||5.738||5.756||5.769|
|Including petroleum products||3.966||3.918||3.784|
n° 134 - May 31, 2011
Household consumption expenditure on goods - April 2011
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