In January 2013, Households consumption of goods decreased (-0.8%) with the fall in car purchasesHousehold consumption expenditure on goods - January 2013

In January, households expenditure on goods decreased by 0.8% in volume*, after a 0.2% increase in December. This decrease is mainly attributable to a fall in car purchases.

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Paru le : 28/02/2013
Prochaine parution le : 29/09/2017 at 08:45 - August 2017

In January, households expenditure on goods decreased by 0.8% in volume*, after a 0.2% increase in December. This decrease is mainly attributable to a fall in car purchases.

Engineered goods : decreasing

Durables: decreasing

After a bounce in December (+3.6%), households expenditure on durable goods bounced back in January (-6.3%), mainly because of the fall in car purchases. After a strong increase in December (+5.6%) due to households expecting a strenghtening of penalties on the purchase of polluting cars from January 1st, they fell in January (-11.7%). Purchases in household durables slightly decreased (-0.5%, after +2.1%).

Textile-leather: increasing

Households consumption of textile and leather bounced in January (+3.2%, after -0.4%).

Other engineered goods: stable

In january, consumption expenditure on other engineered goods were stable (after +0.1% in December). Expenditure on hardware were flat.

[* 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: slightly increasing

Consumption of food products, which flattened in December (+0.1%) after several months of decrease, slightly increased in January (+0.4%).

Energy: increasing

Households consumption of energy products increased in January (+1.5% after -3.4%). After slightly above average temperatures in December, consumption of energy for heating purposes increased, offsetting a decrease in motor fuel consumption.

The evolutions of household consumption of goods in December is scaled up by 0.2 point

The change of household consumption of goods is now estimated at +0.2% in december, instead of a stability estimated for the previous publication.

These revisions are mainly due to the integration of new information, notably regarding the expenditures on household durables, as well as the updating of the seasonal adjustment coefficients, mainly in car purchases.

tab1_eng – Households consumption expenditures on goods

In chained billion euros
Households consumption expenditures on goods
Nov. Déc. Janv. Janv.13/
2012 2012 2013 Janv.12
Food products 14.616 14.633 14.687
Change (%) –0.5 0.1 0.4 –1.1
Engineered goods 20.760 21.122 20.579
change (%) –0.2 1.7 –2.6 –0.9
Of which:
Automobiles 4.659 4.920 4.346
Change (%) –1.5 5.6 –11.7 –7.2
Household durables 5.340 5.451 5.422
Change (%) 2.1 2.1 –0.5 5.3
Textile-leather 3.851 3.837 3.961
Change (%) –0.5 –0.4 3.2 –0.7
Other engineered goods 5.997 6.001 6.002
Change (%) 0.1 0.1 0.0 0.8
Energy 6.530 6.311 6.408
Change (%) 2.2 –3.4 1.5 3.5
Including petroleum products 3.965 3.828 3.855
Change (%) 2.0 –3.5 0.7 1.5
Total 41.881 41.967 41.644
Change (%) 0.1 0.2 –0.8 –0.2
Manufactured goods 36.208 36.435 35.953
Change (%) –0.1 0.6 –1.3 –0.7

    graph4_new_ang – Energy