Household consumption of goods was stable in September and grew by 0.7% over the third quarterHousehold consumption expenditure on goods - September 2015

In September 2015, household consumption expenditure stagnated (after +0.1% in August, in volume*). Purchases of durable goods increased strongly (+1.4%), buoyed by car purchases (+2.3%). On the contrary, food consumption kept declining. Expenditure on energy was virtually stable (–0.1%). Over the third quarter, household consumption bouced back by 0.7% after –0.1% over the second quarter.

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Paru le : 30/10/2015
Prochaine parution le : 29/11/2017 at 08:45 - October 2017

In September 2015, household consumption expenditure stagnated (after +0.1% in August, in volume*). Purchases of durable goods increased strongly (+1.4%), buoyed by car purchases (+2.3%). On the contrary, food consumption kept declining. Expenditure on energy was virtually stable (–0.1%). Over the third quarter, household consumption bouced back by 0.7% after –0.1% over the second quarter.

Engineered goods: on the rise

In September, consumption of engineered goods increased again (+0.7% after +0.2% in August). It gained 1.1% over the third quarter.

Durables: strong growth

In September 2015, expenditure on durable goods recorded its highest rise (+1.4%) since the beginning of the year. It was led by car purchases which accelerated (+2.3% after +0.3% in August). Consumption of jewellery also increased. However, expenditure on household durables stepped back slightly (–0.3%): the dynamism of household appliances expenditure was offset by the strong downturn of furnitures purchases. Over the third quarter, expenditure on durable goods grew by 1.0%.

Textile-clothing: decreasing over the month, growing over the quarter

In September, expenditure on textile, clothing and leather dipped (–0.4%) after a stability in August. This drop comes mainly from shoes purchases. However, over the third quarter, expenditure on clothing increased sharply (+2.0%).

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

graph1_new_ang – Total consumption of goods

graph2_new_ang – Food and engineered goods

graph3_new_ang – Breakdown of engineered goods

Other engineered goods: moderate increase

Expenditure on other engineered goods increased slightly in September (+0.3%). In particular, expenditure on hardware recovered, while consumption of perfume fell back sligthly. Over the third quarter, the increase of other engineered goods was also moderate (+0.4 %).

Food products: falling again

Food products consumption went down for the third consecutive month (–0.6% in September), mainly because of meat consumption. All in all, food products purchases declined sligthly over the third quarter (–0.2%).

Energy: virtually stable

Energy consumption was virtually stable in September (–0.1%). Expenditure on gas and electricity increased strongly. However, domestic oil consumption dropped significantly, after a sharp increase in August. Over the whole quarter, expenditure on energy increased by 1.6%.

The variation in August 2015 is scaled up

The variation of household expenditure on goods in August 2015 is scaled up slightly: +0.1% instead of 0.0%. Indeed, since the previous publication, new information has been integrated, and the seasonal adjustment coefficients have been updated.

graph4_new_ang – Energy

tab1_eng – Household consumption expenditure on goods

Variation in percentages
Household consumption expenditure on goods
Poids (1) July Aug. Sept. Sept. 15 / Sept. 14 Q / Q-1 (2)
Food products 38 –0,3 –0,1 –0,6 0,1 –0,2
Engineered goods 44 0,4 0,2 0,7 4,9 1,1
- Inc. Durables 21 0,0 0,1 1,4 5,3 1,0
- Automobiles 11 –1,4 0,3 2,3 5,7 0,2
- Household durables 7 2,2 0,3 –0,3 5,6 2,7
- Inc. Textile-clothing 10 1,9 0,0 –0,4 7,7 2,0
- Inc. Other engineered goods 13 –0,1 0,4 0,3 2,5 0,4
Energy 18 1,5 0,3 –0,1 2,0 1,6
- Inc. Energy, water, waste 10 0,8 –0,8 2,5 3,5 1,5
- Inc. Refined Products 9 2,3 1,6 –2,8 0,3 1,7
Total 100 0,3 0,1 0,0 2,6 0,7
- Inc. Manufactured goods 85 0,4 0,3 –0,1 2,9 0,7
  • (1) Weighting in the consumption expenditure on goods in value
  • (2) Last three months / previous three months