In December, households’ consumption in goods decreased (–0.7%)Household consumption expenditure on goods - December 2011

In December, households’ expenditure in goods decreased by 0.7% in volume*, after having increased by 0.1% in November. This decrease is mainly imputable to that of food and energy products. Over the fourth quarter, consumption in goods remained stable, after +0.2% in Q3.

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Paru le : 31/01/2012
Prochaine parution le : 22/12/2017 at 08:45 - November 2017

In December, households’ expenditure in goods decreased by 0.7% in volume*, after having increased by 0.1% in November. This decrease is mainly imputable to that of food and energy products. Over the fourth quarter, consumption in goods remained stable, after +0.2% in Q3.

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

Engineered goods : slightly increasing

Durables : car purchases increasing

Households’ expenditure in durables increased anew in December (+0.8%, +1.5% in November). Over the quarter, they increased by 2.1%, after +0.6% in Q3. The monthly evolutions are explained in particular by car purchases renewed increase (+1.6% in Decembe, after +3.6% in November). Over the quarter car purchases accelerated : +4.2% after +0.7% in Q3 ; expenditure in household durablesheld steady (after +0.1% in Q3).

Textile-leather : decreasing

Purchases in textile and leather decreased in December (–0.9%, after –0.7% in November). Nevertheless, due to a rebound in October, they increased over the quarter by 1.2%, after -2.6% in Q3.

Other engineered goods : slightly increasing

Consumption expenditure in other engineered goods slightly increased in December (+0.2%, after –0.4% in November). Over the quarter, it increased by 0.7% (after +0.2% in Q3).

graph1_new_ang – Total consumption of goods

graph2_new_ang – Food and engineered goods

graph3_new_ang – Decomposition of engineered goods

Food products : less purchases for holiday period

Consumption in food products decreased in December by 1.0%, after helding steady in November. Over the quarter, these expenditure were almost stable (-0.1% after -0.8% in Q3)

Energy : new step back in December

Consumption in energy products decreased anew in December (-2.7%, after -0.9% in November), in particular due to a marked fall in heating oil purchases under mild weather conditions. Over the quarter, expenditure in energy stepped back by 3.6% after having increase by 3.5% the previous quarter.

The evolution of household consumption in goods in November is scaled up by 0.2 point.

The increase of household consumption in goods is now estimated at +0.1% in November, instead of a –0.1% estimated the previous month.

This revision is notably due to the integration of new information concerning expenditure in health products, as well as the revision of seasonality.

english_trim – Households consumption expenditures in manufactured goods

In chained billion euros
Households consumption expenditures in manufactured goods
Oct. Nov. Déc. Déc.11/ Q4 11/
2011 2011 2011 Déc.10 Q3 11/
Food products 14.648 14.654 14.512
Change (%) –0.3 0.0 –1.0 –1.7 –0.1
Engineered goods 20.647 20.750 20.808
change (%) 0.9 0.5 0.3 –1.6 1.5
Of which:
Automobiles 4.822 4.995 5.075
Change (%) –1.3 3.6 1.6 –7.0 4.2
Household durables 5.090 5.045 5.046
Change (%) 0.8 –0.9 0.0 3.0 0.0
Textile-leather 3.940 3.913 3.877
Change (%) 4.5 –0.7 –0.9 –4.1 1.2
Other engineered goods 5.781 5.756 5.769
Change (%) 0.9 –0.4 0.2 1.7 0.7
Energy 6.3 6.2 6.0
Change (%) –1.2 –0.9 –2.7 –10.1 –3.6
Including petroleum products 3.9 3.8 3.7
Change (%) –0.9 –0.6 –4.2 –10.2 –4.3
Total 41.500 41.538 41.253
Change (%) 0.1 0.1 –0.7 –3.1 0.0
Manufactured goods 36.160 36.226 35.982
Change (%) 0.3 0.2 –0.7 –2.4 0.4

    graph4_new_ang – Energy