In April, households’ consumption in goods markedly decreased (-1.8%)Household consumption expenditure on goods - April 2011

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.

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Paru le : 31/05/2011
Prochaine parution le : 29/09/2017 at 08:45 - August 2017

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.]

Engineered goods :

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%).

Food products : increasing

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.

Energy : decreasing thanks to mild weather conditions

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.

tab1_eng – Households consumption expenditures in goods

In chained billion euros
Households consumption expenditures in goods
Févr. Mars Avril Avr.11/
2011 2011 2011 Avr.10
Food products 14.789 14.689 14.800
change (%) 0.4 –0.7 0.8 2.1
Engineered products 21.573 21.269 20.578
change (%) 1.8 –1.4 –3.2 1.4
Of which:
Automobiles 5.434 5.319 4.774
change (%) 2.3 –2.1 –10.2 –1.0
Household durables 5.135 5.105 5.027
change (%) 0.9 –0.6 –1.5 4.0
Textile-leather 4.214 4.037 4.019
change (%) 5.5 –4.2 –0.5 2.1
Other engineered goods 5.738 5.756 5.769
change (%) 0.0 0.3 0.2 2.2
Energy 6.407 6.359 6.162
change (%) –0.6 –0.7 –3.1 –8.5
Including petroleum products 3.966 3.918 3.784
change (%) 0.0 –1.2 –3.4 –10.5
Total 42.655 42.213 41.465
change (%) 0.9 –1.0 –1.8 –0.1
Manufactured goods 37.249 36.844 36.248
change (%) 1.2 –1.1 –1.6 1.2