In May, households’ consumption in goods decreased again (-0.8%)Household consumption expenditure on goods - May 2011

In May, households’ expenditure in goods decreased by 0.8% in volume*, after having stepped back by –1.4% in April. This decrease is mainly imputable to a decrease of food products and engineered goods, in particular textile and leather products. On the other hand, energy expenditure markedly bounced.

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Paru le : 30/06/2011
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In May, households’ expenditure in goods decreased by 0.8% in volume*, after having stepped back by –1.4% in April. This decrease is mainly imputable to a decrease of food products and engineered goods, in particular textile and leather products. On the other hand, energy expenditure markedly bounced.

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

Engineered goods :

Durables : slightly decreasing

After a sharp decrease in April (–6.4%), households’ expenditure in durables slightly decreased in May (–0.6%). This decrease is due to a step back in car purchases of lesser extend than that of April (–1.8% after –10.3%). Household durables decreased again in May (–0.4%, after –1.9% in March).

Textile-leather : sharp decrease in May

In May, purchases in textile and leather sharply decreased (–4.4%) after an increase in April (+1.6%).

Other engineered goods : marked step back

Expenditures in other engineered goods decreased in May (–1.3%) after a slight increase in April (+0.3%). The overall decrease is mainly imputable to a sharp step back of hardware products expenditure. This year’s calendar for May (May 1st and 8th being on Sundays, and Whitsun and Ascension Day in June) was less favorable to such expenses.

Food products : increasing

Energy : back to normal

Consumption of energy products bounced in May (+3.4% after –3.4% in April). After mild weather conditions in April, which tempered the need for heating energy, households’ consumption went back to normal in May.

tab1_eng – Households consumption expenditures in goods

In chained billion euros
Households consumption expenditures in goods
March April May May 11/
2011 2011 2011 May 10
Food products 14.694 14.898 14.648
Change (%) –0.8 1.4 –1.7 0.0
Engineered products 21.136 20.522 20.198
change (%) –1.0 –2.9 –1.6 –1,5
Of which:
Automobiles 5.293 4.746 4.661
Change (%) –1.9 –10.3 –1.8 –3.4
Household durables 5.100 5.001 4.981
Change (%) –0.6 –1.9 –0.4 –2.4
Textile-leather 3.954 4.019 3.840
Change (%) –2.1 1.6 –4.4 0.0
Other engineered goods 5.743 5.761 5.686
Change (%) 0.1 0.3 –1.3 0.7
Energy 6.349 6.135 6.341
Change (%) –0.8 –3.4 3.4 –6.5
Including petroleum products 3.906 3.764 3.891
Change (%) –1.3 –3.6 3.4 –7.8
Total 42.082 41.485 41.151
Change (%) –0.9 –1.4 –0.8 –1.8
Manufactured goods 36.710 36.275 35.744
Change (%) –0.9 –1.2 –1.5 –1.0