Households consumption of goods in August got back to its level of June (+0.4% in July then -0.4% in August)Household consumption expenditure on goods - July-August 2013

In August, households expenditure on goods decreased by 0.4% in volume*, after a 0.4% increase in July. The recovery of expenditure on cars and of consumption of food products contributed to the raise in July. The decline in August was mainly attributable to a renewed decrease in the consumption of food and energy products.

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No 221
Paru le : 27/09/2013
Prochaine parution le : 31/10/2017 at 08:45 - September 2017

In August, households expenditure on goods decreased by 0.4% in volume*, after a 0.4% increase in July. The recovery of expenditure on cars and of consumption of food products contributed to the raise in July. The decline in August was mainly attributable to a renewed decrease in the consumption of food and energy products.

Engineered goods : slightly increasing

Durables: increasing in July, slightly decreasing in August

After a decline in June (–0.8%), households expenditure on durable goods rose in July (+0.7%) then slightly decreased in August (–0.3%).This outline ensued mainly from the expenditure on cars (+0.9% in July followed with -0.7% in August). As for purchases in household durables, they picked up slightly this summer (+0.4% in August after +0.1% in July) after a decrease in June (–0.8%).

Textile-leather: August at June level

After a significant raise in June (+5.4%), mainly attributable to the summer sales period, households consumption of textile and leather weakened in July (–1.2%), then bounced in August (+1.3%) back to its June level.

Other engineered goods: slightly increasing

After a decline in June (–0.3%), consumption expenditure on other engineered goods slightly increased in July (+0.2%) then stabilized in August, mainly in hardware consumption.

[* 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 – Decomposition of engineered goods

Food products: bounce in July, decrease in August

After a decline in June ( –0.5%), particularly in expenditure on tobacco, consumption of food products recovered in July (+0.7%) then decreased anew in August (–0.7%).

Energy: decrease in August

After a sharp fall in June (–4.5%), households consumption of energy products slightly increased in July (+0.2%), an increase that was mainly due to a rebound in the expenditure on fuel. Then, consumption of energy went down again in August (–1.0%), which reflected the return to a normal level of gas and electricity consumption.

The decrease in June is confirmed

The evolution in consumption of goods is still estimated at –0.8% in June, as it was for the previous publication. Some minor revisions offset each other. They are mainly due to the integration of new information (particularly the integration of VAT indexes for expenditure in car equipments), to the revision of indexes (notably regarding consumption of textile), as well as to the updating of the seasonal adjustment coefficients.

In chained billion eurosIn chained billion euros
June July August August 13/
2013 2013 2013 August 12
Food products 14.744 14.853 14.754
Change (%) –0.5 0.7 –0.7 –0.9
Engineered goods 20.433 20.467 20.488
Change (%) 0.6 0.2 0.1 –0.3
Of which:
Automobiles 4.414 4.453 4.423
Change (%) –0.7 0.9 –0.7 –4.8
Household durables 5.323 5.329 5.351
Change (%) –0.8 0.1 0.4 4.1
Textile-leather 3.836 3.791 3.841
Change (%) 5.4 –1.2 1.3 –0.8
Other engineered goods 5.973 5.988 5.987
Change (%) –0.3 0.2 0.0 1.2
Energy 6.449 6.464 6.402
Change (%) –4.5 0.2 –1.0 2.1
Including petroleum products 3.919 3.956 3.924
Change (%) –5.1 0.9 –0.8 3.8
Total 41,628 41,791 41,631
Change (%) –0.8 0.4 –0.4 –0.1
Manufactured goods 35,897 36,113 35,996
Change (%) –0.5 0.6 –0.3 –0.1

    graph4_new_ang – Energy

    tab1_eng – Households consumption expenditures on goods