In May 2013, households consumption of goods increased (+0.5%)Household consumption expenditure on goods - May 2013

In May, households expenditure on goods increased by 0.5% in volume*, after a 0.5% decrease in April. This increase was mainly attributable to a bounce in food products.

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No 148
Paru le : 28/06/2013
Prochaine parution le : 29/11/2017 at 08:45 - October 2017

In May, households expenditure on goods increased by 0.5% in volume*, after a 0.5% decrease in April. This increase was mainly attributable to a bounce in food products.

Engineered goods : slightly increasing

Durables: increasing again

After an increase in April (+1.3%), households expenditure on durable goods increased while slowing down in May (+0.4%). Expenditure on cars increased again in May (+0.9%, after +2.0% in April). However, purchases in household durables slightly decreased (–0.1%, after +0.4%), especially furniture purchases.

Textile-leather: decreasing

Households consumption of textile and leather decreased anew in May (–1.5%), after a slight bounce in April (+1.5%).

Other engineered goods: increasing

Consumption expenditure on other engineered goods slightly increased accelerated in May (+0.8% after +0.4% in April). In particular, hardware purchases picked up.

[* 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

After a very strong increase in March (+2.6%) followed by a fall in April (–3.4%), developments which could be linked to an early Easter, consumption of food products bounced in May (+1.4%).

Energy: slighlty decreasing

After four consecutive months of increase, linked to below average temperatures, households consumption of energy products weakened in May (–0.3%).

The April decrease is scaled down by 0.2 point

The decrease in consumption of goods in April is now estimated at –0.5%, instead of –0.3% for the previous publication.

These revisions are mainly due to the integration of new information and to the reestimation of calendar and seasonal adjustment models, especially in energy expenditures.

tab1_eng – Households consumption expenditures on goods

In chained billion euros
Households consumption expenditures on goods
March April May May 13/
2013 2013 2013 May 12
Food products 15.104 14.591 14.799
Change (%) 2.6 –3.4 1.4 0.6
Engineered goods 20.040 20.249 20.279
Change (%) –1.1 1.0 0.1 –1.7
Of which:
Automobiles 4.303 4.391 4.430
Change (%) –2.2 2.0 0.9 –4.4
Household durables 5.300 5.321 5.317
Change (%) 1.8 0.4 –0.1 2.9
Textile-leather 3.629 3.684 3.627
Change (%) –4.3 1.5 –1.5 –7.9
Other engineered goods 5.940 5.965 6.011
Change (%) 0.1 0.4 0.8 1.4
Energy 6.629 6.745 6.722
Change (%) 3.5 1.8 –0.3 6.4
Including petroleum products 3.966 4.077 4.122
Change (%) 4.2 2.8 1.1 7.4
Total 41.873 41.667 41.883
Change (%) 1.2 –0.5 0.5 0.6
Manufactured goods 35.903 35.687 36.027
Change (%) 1.0 –0.6 1.0 0.0

    graph4_new_ang – Energy