In October, household consumption of goods decreased (-0.2%) because of a sharp decrease in expenditure on energy productsHousehold consumption expenditure on goods - October 2013

In October, household expenditure on goods dropped by 0.2 % in volume*, after decreasing by 0.1% in September. This decline was due to a decrease in expenditure on energy products (–4.9%).

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No 272
Paru le : 29/11/2013
Prochaine parution le : 31/10/2017 at 08:45 - September 2017

In October, household expenditure on goods dropped by 0.2 % in volume*, after decreasing by 0.1% in September. This decline was due to a decrease in expenditure on energy products (–4.9%).

Engineered goods : accelerating

Durables : rising again

Household expenditure on durables rose again in October (+0.8% after +0.7% in September). This result can be partially explained by an acceleration in car purchases (+1.5%, after +0.8%), as households may have anticipated a reduction in incentive for the purchase of green cars in November and strenghtening of penalties on the purchase of polluting cars next January. Purchases on household durables increased as well (+0.1%, after +0.4%).

Textile-leather : decreasing anew

In October, purchases on clothing, textile and leather decreased for the second month in a row (–0.3% after –0.9% in September).

Other engineered goods : slightly increasing

After having remained steady from July to September, consumption expenditure on other engineered goods increased slightly in October (+0.2%), especially because purchases on hardware bounced back.

[* 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

Food products : rebound

After two consecutive declining months (–0.6% in August and –0.2% in September), consumption in food products bounced back in October (+1.4%), a rebound mainly attributable to expenditure on tobacco products.

Energy : significant decline

After a slight decrease in September (–0.7%), household consumption of energy products dropped sharply in October (–4.9%), which reflected the impact of above average temperatures on heating expenditure. Moreover, fuel expenditure decreased sharply.

The slight decrease in September is confirmed

The decrease of household consumption on goods is still estimated at –0.1% in September, as it was for the previous publication.

Some minor revisions, offsetting each other as a whole, come from the reestimation of seasonal adjustment models and from the integration of new information, in particular the integration of the September turnover index.

In chained billion euros
August Sept. Oct. Oct.13/
2013 2013 2013 Oct.12
Food products 14.771 14.745 14.955
Change (%) –0.6 –0.2 1.4 1.4
Engineered goods 20.537 20.569 20.654
Change (%) 0.2 0.2 0.4 0.3
Of which:
Automobiles 4.462 4.498 4.564
Change (%) –0.5 0.8 1.5 0.0
Household durables 5.391 5.414 5.418
Change (%) 1.0 0.4 0.1 4.2
Textile-leather 3.821 3.789 3.778
Change (%) 1.1 –0.9 –0.3 –3.7
Other engineered goods 5.983 5.983 5.997
Change (%) 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.9
Energy 6.416 6.374 6.064
Change (%) –0.7 –0.7 –4.9 –4.1
Including petroleum products 3.925 3.891 3.688
Change (%) –0.7 –0.9 –5.2 –4.1
Total 41.709 41.659 41.575
Change (%) –0.3 –0.1 –0.2 –0.1
Manufactured goods 36.051 35.998 36.250
Change (%) –0.2 –0.1 0.7 0.6

    graph4_new_ang – Energy

    tab1_eng – Household consumption expenditure on goods