In September, households’ expenditure on goods increased by 0.1% in volume*, after having declined by 0.8% in August. They increased by 0.2% over the third quarter (after a decline of similar magnitude during the second quarter). The slight increase of expenditure in September was attributable to the increase of expenditure on household durables.
[* Volumes are chained and all figures are trading days and seasonally adjusted.]
Households’ expenditure on durables increased in September (+0.6% after -0.8% in August), notably driven up by household durables. Over the quarter, they slightly increased (+0.1%, after +1.0% in Q2). Despite a slight decrease in September (–0.2% after +0.5% in August), car purchases rose over the course of the third quarter (+0.8% after +0.7% in Q2).
Textile-leather: stable in September
Consumption of textile and leather remained stable in September (after –1.3% in August). It bounced by 3.9% in the third quarter after a 5.9% decrease over the second quarter.
Other engineered goods: increasing
Consumption expenditure on other engineered goods increased in September (+0.8%, after -0.3% in August), and slightly increased over the third quarter (+0.3%, after -0.2% in Q2). The overall growth is mainly driven by hardware purchases.
Total consumption of goods
Food and engineered goods
Decomposition of engineered goods
In September, consumption of food products slighlty decreased (-0.1%, after -0.2% in August). It however increased by 0.7% during the third quarter (after -1.2% in Q2) thanks to the July growth carry-over.
Households’ consumption of energy products kept decreasing in September (-0.4% after -2.1% in August). It decreased over the third quarter (-2.6% after +2.9% in Q2).
The evolution of household consumption in goods in August is not revised.
The decrease of household consumption in goods in January is still estimated at –0.8% as it was for the previous publication. Some slight revisions offset each other.
|In chained billion euros|
|Other engineered goods||5.972||5.956||6.000|
|Including petroleum products||4.004||3.871||3.880|
n° 271 - October 31, 2012
Household consumption expenditure on goods - September 2012
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