In April 2014, household consumption of goods declined slightly (-0.3%)Household consumption expenditure on goods - April 2014

In April, household consumption expenditure on goods decreased by 0.3% in volume*, after a 0.6% increase in March. This decline resulted mainly from the decrease in expenditure on energy products.

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Paru le : 28/05/2014
Prochaine parution le : 22/12/2017 at 08:45 - November 2017

In April, household consumption expenditure on goods decreased by 0.3% in volume*, after a 0.6% increase in March. This decline resulted mainly from the decrease in expenditure on energy products.

Engineered goods : dipping slightly

Durables: rising

Household expenditure on durable goods speeded up slightly in April (+0.5% after +0.3%), an acceleration mainly attributable to car purchases (+0.7% after +0.4% in March). Purchases of household durables decelerated but kept growing (+0.2% after 0.7%).

Textile-leather: decreasing again

Household consumption of textile, clothing and leather dropped again (–1.5%, after –1.7%). This has been the third consecutive month of decrease since February.

Other engineered goods: declining

In April, consumption expenditure on other engineered goods bounced back (–0.4% after +0.3%), especially because of a decline in expenditure on hardware.

* 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: increasing again

Consumption of food products picked up for the second consecutive month (+1.1% after +0.5%), after a weak start this year (–0.9% over Q1).

Energy: marked downturn

In April, household consumption of energy products fell distinctly (–3.3%) after a rebound in March (+2.8%). This development was mainly due to a decrease in expenditure for heating purposes (electricity, gas, heating oil…), which went down because of above average temperatures in April once again. Moreover, fuel expenditure dipped as well.

The evolution of household consumption of goods in March is scaled up by 0.2 points

Household consumption expenditure on goods is now estimated at +0.6%, instead of 0.4% estimated for the previous publication.

This revision resulted mainly from the benchmarking on reviewed annual accounts along the change to the ‘2010 year-base’, from the reestimation of calendar and seasonal adjustment models, as well as from the integration of new information on the indicators commonly used.

tab1_eng – Household consumption expenditure on goods

In chained billion euros
Household consumption expenditure on goods
Feb. March April April2014/
2014 2014 2014 April2013
Food products 15.672 15.745 15.919
Change (%) –0.5 0.5 1.1 2.7
Engineered goods 19.800 19.776 19.739
Change (%) 0.0 –0.1 –0.2 1.8
Durables 9.757 9.787 9.835
Change (%) 1.2 0.3 0.5 3.6
Of which Automobiles 4.698 4.718 4.750
Change (%) 3.0 0.4 0.7 4.0
Of which Household durables 3.796 3.822 3.828
Change (%) –1.1 0.7 0.2 3.9
Textile-leather 4.052 3.985 3.924
Change (%) –2.6 –1.7 –1.5 –0.6
Other engineered goods 5.990 6.007 5.986
Change (%) –0.2 0.3 –0.4 0.5
Energy 6.759 6.945 6.715
Change (%) –1.3 2.8 –3.3 –11.4
Including petroleum products 4.143 4.337 4.187
Change (%) –2.2 4.7 –3.4 –10.2
Total 42.192 42.450 42.335
Change (%) –0.4 0.6 –0.3 –0.5
Manufactured goods 36.181 36.446 36.450
Change (%) –0.5 0.7 0.0 1.2

    graph4_new_ang – Energy