Household consumption on goods increased in March (+0.4%), but decreased over the first quarter (-1.2%)Household consumption expenditure on goods - March 2014

In March, household consumption expenditure on goods increased anew: +0.4% in volume*, after -0.1% in February. A decrease in clothing expenditure partially offsets an increase in consumption of energy products. Taking into account the decrease in January (-1.8%), household consumption expenditure on goods fell over Q1 : -1.2%, after +0.6% at the end of last year. This fall was mainly attributable to decline in consumption of energy products and in car purchases.

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No 101
Paru le : 30/04/2014
Prochaine parution le : 29/09/2017 at 08:45 - August 2017

In March, household consumption expenditure on goods increased anew: +0.4% in volume*, after -0.1% in February. A decrease in clothing expenditure partially offsets an increase in consumption of energy products. Taking into account the decrease in January (-1.8%), household consumption expenditure on goods fell over Q1 : -1.2%, after +0.6% at the end of last year. This fall was mainly attributable to decline in consumption of energy products and in car purchases.

Engineered goods : decreasing slightly

Durables: almost stable in March, decreasing over the quarter

Household expenditure on durable goods almost held steady in March (-0.1%), after a rebound in February (+2.6%). Indeed, expenditures on household durables edged up (+0.8%) but car purchases decreased slightly after a bounce in Februray (-0.5%).

Over the first quarter, expenditure on durable goods declined by 1.3%. The decrease is attributable to car purchases, which decreased by 2.7 % after increasing by 2.3% in Q4 2013, while household durables were almost stable (-0.1 %).

Textile-leather: marked decline in March but increase over the quarter

In March, consumption of textile, clothing and leather stepped back (–2.3%) after a fall in february (-2.6%). Yet it grew over Q1 (+0.3%) for the third consecutive quarter.

[* 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

Other engineered goods: rise in March and over the quarter

Consumption expenditure on other engineered goods recovered in March (–0.5%, after -0.1% in February), particularly in purchases on hardware. It went up slightly in Q1 (+0.5%, after +0.1%).

Food products: rising in March but decreasing over Q1

In March, consumption of food products rose slightly (+0.4% after –0.7% in February). Yet it decreased over the quarter (-1.0%, after +0.8% in Q4).

Energy: increasing

After three months of decrease, household consumption of energy products bounced back in March (+2.3%), reflecting the improvement of fuel expenditure. Over the quarter, consumption of energy products dipped (- 3.6% after –1.1% in Q4) above average temperatures weighing on heating expenditure.

The evolution of household consumption of goods in February is scaled down by 0.2 points

The change of household consumption of goods is now estimated at -0.1% in February, instead of +0.1% estimated for the previous publication. Conversely, household consumption of goods in January is scaled up by 0.3 points to -1.8%.

This revision is mainly due to the updating of the seasonal adjustment coefficients in textile-leather and energy.

graph4_new_ang – Energy

english_trim – Household consumption expenditure on goods

In chained billion euros
Household consumption expenditure on goods
Jan. Feb. March March2014/ Q1 14/
2014 2014 2014 March2013 Q4 13
Food products 14,768 14,669 14,727
Change (%) –0,5 –0,7 0,4 –2,2 –1,0
Engineered goods 20,728 20,870 20,795
change (%) –1,7 0,7 –0,4 2,9 –0,4
Durables 10,731 11,010 11,000
change (%) –4,8 2,6 –0,1 3,9 –1,3
Of which Automobiles 4,302 4,558 4,537
Change (%) –8,5 5,9 –0,5 3,9 –2,7
Of which household durables 5,621 5,553 5,597
Change (%) –1,4 –1,2 0,8 4,7 –0,1
Textile-leather 3,975 3,873 3,786
Change (%) 2,9 –2,6 –2,3 2,7 0,3
Other engineered goods 6,009 6,001 6,029
Change (%) 0,4 –0,1 0,5 1,6 0,5
Energy 6,056 5,997 6,134
Change (%) –4,7 –1,0 2,3 –8,3 –3,6
Including petroleum products 3,676 3,611 3,749
Change (%) –5,2 –1,8 3,8 –5,6 –3,2
Total 41,431 41,380 41,545
Change (%) –1,8 –0,1 0,4 –1,2 –1,2
Manufactured goods 36,080 36,044 36,222
Change (%) –1,6 –0,1 0,5 0,6 –0,8