Household consumption stabilised in 2013
In 2013, household consumption expenditure stabilised in volume (+0.2%), after a historic fall in 2012 (-0.5%). Consumption of telephone goods and services was still in full boom. Car purchases continued to fall, but more moderately than in 2012. Expenditure on housing fell, while spending on food products remained stable. In a context of a slowdown in prices, the purchasing power of households stabilised in 2013 after a sharp decline in 2012. Household consumption increased at a rate close in value to their disposable income, so their savings ratio was almost stable.