Household consumption on goods slightly decreased in September (-0.1%) and over the third quarter (-0.1%)Household consumption expenditure on goods - September 2013

In September, household expenditure on goods slightly decreased, by 0.1% in volume*, after -0.3% in August. They decreased by 0.1% over the third quarter after +0,3% in Q2. This outline was due to the consumption of energy products (-3.0% after +2.5%).

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No 253
Paru le : 31/10/2013
Prochaine parution le : 29/09/2017 at 08:45 - August 2017

In September, household expenditure on goods slightly decreased, by 0.1% in volume*, after -0.3% in August. They decreased by 0.1% over the third quarter after +0,3% in Q2. This outline was due to the consumption of energy products (-3.0% after +2.5%).

Engineered goods : increasing in September and over the third quarter

Durables: increasing

After a slight increase in August (+0.1%), household expenditure on durable goods rose in September (+0.6%) and over the third quarter (+0.8%, after +1.6%). Car purchases accelerated in September (+1.0% after – 0.4% in August), and increased over the third quarter (+1.2% after +2.1%). Purchases on household durables rose in September as well (+0.3%, after +1.0% in August), and over Q3 (+0.6%, after +1.5%).

Textile-leather: decline in September

After a rise in August (+1.1%), consumption of textile, clothing and leather decreased in September (–0.8 %). It increased over the third quarter (+1.6% après -1.9%).

Other engineered goods: almost stable

Consumption expenditure on other engineered goods have been almost stable since July (0.0% in September after -0.1% in August), affected by the downturn in purchases on hardware. It went up slightly in Q3 (+0.1% after +0.5%).

[* 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: declining in September, increasing over the quarter

Consumption of food products decreased in September (-0.2%, after -0.6%), particularly on tobacco products. However, taking into account the progression until July, it rose over the quarter (+0.4% after –1.1%).

Energy: decreasing in September as in Q3

Household consumption of energy products shrunk for the second consecutive month (-0.7% in August as in September). It decreased significantly over the third quarter (-3.0%), which reflects a return to normal after two increases in Q1 (+2.0%) then Q2 (+2.5%) that were due to below average temperatures.

The decline in August is slightly lower than initially estimated.

The decrease of household consumption in goods is now estimated at –0.3% in August, instead of -0.4% for the previous estimation.

This revision is due to the integration of new information, notably in car repair, as well as the updating of the seasonal adjustment coefficients, particularly in energy consumption.

In chained billion euros
July August Sept. Sept. 13/ Q3 13/
2013 2013 2013 Sept. 12 Q2 13
Food products 14.847 14.755 14.721
Change (%) 0.7 –0.6 –0.2 –1.0 0.4
Engineered goods 20.486 20.534 20.568
change (%) 0.2 0.2 0.2 0.1 0.8
Of which:
Automobiles 4.479 4.464 4.509
Change (%) 1.2 –0.4 1.0 –0.3 1.2
Household durables 5.332 5.384 5.399
Change (%) 0.1 1.0 0.3 4.2 0.6
Textile-leather 3.785 3.826 3.795
Change (%) –1.4 1.1 –0.8 –3.8 1.6
Other engineered goods 5.981 5.977 5.980
Change (%) 0.1 –0.1 0.0 0.5 0.1
Energy 6.463 6.419 6.376
Change (%) 0.4 –0.7 –0.7 1.0 –3.0
Including petroleum products 3.955 3.926 3.893
Change (%) 1.3 –0.7 –0.8 2.0 –2.4
Total 41.801 41.694 41.635
Change (%) 0.4 –0.3 –0.1 –0.1 –0.1
Manufactured goods 36.124 36.035 35.980
Change (%) 0.6 –0.2 –0.2 –0.1 0.3

    graph4_new_ang – Energy

    english_trim – Household consumption expenditure on goods