In January, households’ expenditure in goods decreased by 0.4% in volume*, after having decreased by 0.2% in December. This decrease is mainly attributable to that of engineered goods and most notably to the decline of car purchases.
[* Volumes are chained and all figures are trading days and seasonally adjusted.]
Durables : sharp decreasing
Households’ expenditure in durables decreased in January (-4.3%, after +3.0% in December), notably because of a sharp drop in car purchases (-7.6% in January, after +2.8% in December). Households might have brought their car purchases forward in anticipation of a tougher bonus-malus from January 1st 2012. Purchases in household durables decreased to a lesser extent (-1.5%) after a strong growth in December (+4.3%).
Textile-leather : decreasing too
Purchases in textile and leather decreased in January (–2.3%), after an already weak December (–1.7%).
Other engineered goods : stability
Consumption expenditure in other engineered goods were stable in January. The decline of expenditure in hardware was offset by the growth of consumption in health products.
Total consumption of goods
Food and engineered goods
Decomposition of engineered goods
In January, consumption in food products increased by 1.4%, after three successive months of decline (of which -1.0% in December).
After four successive months of decline, consumption in energy increased in January (+2.0%, after -2.4% in December), notably supported by fuel expenditure.
The evolution of household consumption in goods in December is scaled up by 0.5 point.
The decrease of household consumption in goods is now estimated at -0.2% in December, instead of a –0.7% estimated the previous month.
This revision is notably due to the integration of new information concerning expenditure in computer and electronic products, as well as the revision of seasonality (notably concerning car purchases).
|In chained billion euros|
|Other engineered goods||5.759||5.772||5.772|
|Including petroleum products||3.830||3.690||3.791|
n° 56 - February 29, 2012
Household consumption expenditure on goods - January 2012
Next issue May 31, 2013 08:45 - April 2013
Since July 2009, display of the Informations Rapides has changed.