Households consumption of goods slightly decreased in October (–0.2%)Household consumption expenditure on goods - October 2012

In October, households expenditure on goods decreased by 0.2% in volume*, after a stability in September. In particular, the increase in purchases in durables did not offset the drop in expenditure on tobacco products.

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Informations rapides – No 294
Paru le : 11/30/2012
Prochaine parution le : 12/23/2016 at 08:45 - November 2016

In October, households expenditure on goods decreased by 0.2% in volume*, after a stability in September. In particular, the increase in purchases in durables did not offset the drop in expenditure on tobacco products.

[* Volumes are chained and all figures are trading days and seasonally adjusted.]

Engineered goods : increasing

Durables: increasing

After a decrease in September (–0.4%), households expenditure on durable goods bounced in October (+0.5%). In particular, the increase in expenditure on cars (+0.7%, after –1.9%) was not offset by the decline of purchases in household durables (–0.4%, after +1.5%).

Textile-leather: also increasing

Households consumption of textile and leather increased in October (+0.5%, after a stability in September).

Other engineered goods: slightly decreasing

Consumption expenditure on other engineered goods slightly decreased in October (–0.1%, after +0.7% in September). Expenditure on hardware especially declined, after a sharp rise in September.

graph1_new_ang – Total consumption of goods

graph2_new_ang – Food and engineered goods

graph3_new_ang – Decomposition of engineered goods

Food products: decreasing

After two consecutive months of decline (-0.1% in August and September), consumption of food products decreased again in October (–0.6%). This decline resulted mainly from a drop in spending on tobacco products, due to an increase in prices from October 1st , 2012.

Energy: decreasing too

After a slight increase in September (+0.1%), households consumption of energy products declined in October (–0.5%). In particular, expenditure on gas and electricity weakened while those of carburant and fuel slightly improved.

The evolution of household consumption of goods in September is scaled down by 0.1 point

The change of household consumption of goods in September is now estimated at –0.1%, instead of a stability estimated for the previous publication.

This revision is mainly due to the integration of new information, notably a drop in automotive sector consumption in September, as well as the updating of the seasonal adjustment coefficients.

tab1_eng – Households consumption expenditure on goods

In chained billion euros
Households consumption expenditure on goods
August Sept. Oct. Oct.12/
2012 2012 2012 Oct.11
Food products 14.804 14.789 14.698
Change (%) –0.1 –0.1 –0.6 –0.8
Engineered goods 20.668 20.668 20.735
Change (%) –0.6 0.0 0.3 –1.1
Of which:
Automobiles 4.787 4.694 4.725
Change (%) 1.1 –1.9 0.7 –4.2
Household durables 5.099 5.175 5.152
Change (%) –2.3 1.5 –0.4 0.2
Textile-leather 3.844 3.845 3.864
Change (%) –1.4 0.0 0.5 –2.1
Other engineered goods 5.952 5.994 5.988
Change (%) –0.4 0.7 –0.1 0.6
Energy 6.398 6.405 6.370
Change (%) –2.1 0.1 –0.5 1.4
Including petroleum products 3.885 3.895 3.903
Change (%) –3.3 0.3 0.2 0.7
Total 41.834 41.827 41.752
Change (%) –0.7 0.0 –0.2 –0.5
Manufactured goods 36.201 36.190 36.196
Change (%) –0.8 0.0 0.0 –0.9

    graph4_new_ang – Energy