In May, households’ consumption in goods increased again (+0.4%)Household consumption expenditure on goods - May 2012

In May, households’ expenditure on goods increased by 0.4% in volume*, after having increased by 0.7% in April. This increase is mainly attributable to the bouncing of clothing purchases. On the other hand, expenditure on energy decreased after a dynamic April.

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Paru le : 29/06/2012
Prochaine parution le : 29/11/2017 at 08:45 - October 2017

In May, households’ expenditure on goods increased by 0.4% in volume*, after having increased by 0.7% in April. This increase is mainly attributable to the bouncing of clothing purchases. On the other hand, expenditure on energy decreased after a dynamic April.

Engineered goods : increasing

Durables: slightly rising

Households’ expenditure on durables increased in May (+0.4%, after -0.1% in April), notably because of an increase in car purchases (+1.9% in May after –1.8%) on the new market as well as on the second-hand one. Conversely, purchases of household durables decreased (–1.4% after +2.1%).

Textile-leather: sharply bouncing

After a sharp decrease in April, probably due to a weather unfavourable to purchases of spring-summer clothing, purchases of textile-leather sharply bounced in May (+11.1% after –9.9% in April).

Other engineered goods: slightly increasing

Consumption expenditure on other engineered goods slightly increased in May (+1.1% after –1.0% in April), notably driven up by the bouncing of hardware purchases.

[* 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 decreasing

After two consecutive months of decline, consumption in food products decreased again in May (-0.3%), despite of a bouncing of expenditure on tobacco.

Energy: decreasing

After a sharp increase in April (+11.1%) due to colder-than-normal temperatures, households’ consumption in energy products decreased in May (–3.3%). Notably, expenditure on gas and electricity sharply decreased, while consumption in carburant slightly bounced.

The increase of consumption in goods is scaled up by 0.1 point

The increase of household consumption in goods is now estimated at +0.7%, instead of a +0.6% estimated the previous month. This revision is notably due to the integration of new information, as well as the revision of seasonality.

graph4_new_ang – Energy

tab1_eng – Households consumption expenditure on goods

In chained billion euros
Households consumption expenditure on goods
Mars Avril Mai Mai 12/
2012 2012 2012 Mai 11
Food products 14.743 14.654 14.608
Change (%) –2.1 –0.6 –0.3 –1.8
Engineered goods 20.745 20.268 20.790
change (%) 0.8 –2.3 2.6 0.6
Of which:
Automobiles 4.782 4.696 4.784
Change (%) 3.2 –1.8 1.9 1.2
Household durables 5.084 5.191 5.119
Change (%) –0.3 2.1 –1.4 0.5
Textile-leather 3.903 3.518 3.909
Change (%) –0.3 –9.9 11.1 –2.1
Other engineered goods 5.976 5.914 5.980
Change (%) –0.1 –1.0 1.1 2.3
Energy 6.095 6.772 6.546
Change (%) –11.5 11.1 –3.3 5.8
Including petroleum products 3.758 4.102 3.986
Change (%) –8.5 9.1 –2.8 6.5
Total 41.479 41.761 41.919
Change (%) –2.6 0.7 0.4 0.6
Manufactured goods 36.186 35.699 36.207
Change (%) –0.6 –1.3 1.4 0.2