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Households’ consumption on goods slightly increased in September (+0.1%) and over the third quarter (+0.2%)Household consumption expenditure on goods - September 2012

In September, households’ expenditure on goods increased by 0.1% in volume*, after having declined by 0.8% in August. They increased by 0.2% over the third quarter (after a decline of similar magnitude during the second quarter). The slight increase of expenditure in September was attributable to the increase of expenditure on household durables.

Informations rapides N° 271
No 271
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Paru le : 31/10/2012
Prochaine parution le : 29/11/2018 at 08:45 - October 2018

In September, households’ expenditure on goods increased by 0.1% in volume*, after having declined by 0.8% in August. They increased by 0.2% over the third quarter (after a decline of similar magnitude during the second quarter). The slight increase of expenditure in September was attributable to the increase of expenditure on household durables.

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

Engineered goods : near stability in September

Durables: increasing

Households’ expenditure on durables increased in September (+0.6% after -0.8% in August), notably driven up by household durables. Over the quarter, they slightly increased (+0.1%, after +1.0% in Q2). Despite a slight decrease in September (–0.2% after +0.5% in August), car purchases rose over the course of the third quarter (+0.8% after +0.7% in Q2).

Textile-leather: stable in September

Consumption of textile and leather remained stable in September (after –1.3% in August). It bounced by 3.9% in the third quarter after a 5.9% decrease over the second quarter.

Other engineered goods: increasing

Consumption expenditure on other engineered goods increased in September (+0.8%, after -0.3% in August), and slightly increased over the third quarter (+0.3%, after -0.2% in Q2). The overall growth is mainly driven by hardware purchases.

graph1_new_ang – Total consumption of goods

graph2_new_ang – Food and engineered goods

graph3_new_ang – Decomposition of engineered goods

Food products: slighlty decreasing

In September, consumption of food products slighlty decreased (-0.1%, after -0.2% in August). It however increased by 0.7% during the third quarter (after -1.2% in Q2) thanks to the July growth carry-over.

Energy: decreasing

Households’ consumption of energy products kept decreasing in September (-0.4% after -2.1% in August). It decreased over the third quarter (-2.6% after +2.9% in Q2).

The evolution of household consumption in goods in August is not revised.

The decrease of household consumption in goods in January is still estimated at –0.8% as it was for the previous publication. Some slight revisions offset each other.

english_trim – Households consumption expenditures on goods

In chained billion euros
Households consumption expenditures on goods
July August Sept. Sept.12/ Q3 12/
2012 2012 2012 Sept.11 Q2 12
Food products 14.829 14.805 14.790
Change (%) 0.1 –0.2 –0.1 –0.8 0.7
Engineered goods 20.799 20.649 20.756
change (%) 0.6 –0.7 0.5 –0.1 0.9
Of which:
Automobiles 4.738 4.763 4.754
Change (%) 0.0 0.5 –0.2 –4.1 0.8
Household durables 5.225 5.106 5.192
Change (%) –0.1 –2.3 1.7 2.2 –0.5
Textile-leather 3.898 3.847 3.847
Change (%) 3.7 –1.3 0.0 0.5 3.9
Other engineered goods 5.972 5.956 6.000
Change (%) –0.2 –0.3 0.8 1.7 0.3
Energy 6.519 6.383 6.355
Change (%) 0.3 –2.1 –0.4 0.4 –2.6
Including petroleum products 4.004 3.871 3.880
Change (%) 0.3 –3.3 0.3 –0.1 –2.5
Total 42.124 41.800 41.849
Change (%) 0.4 –0.8 0.1 –0.3 0.2
Manufactured goods 36.501 36.184 36.271
Change (%) 0.4 –0.9 0.2 –0.5 0.7

    graph4_new_ang – Energy