In July and August, households’ consumption in goods stabilized (–0.2% followed by +0.2%)Household consumption expenditure on goods - July-August 2011

In August, households’ expenditure in goods increased by 0.2% in volume*, after having decreased by –0.2% in July. The slight decrease in July is mainly imputable to a decrease of car purchases and household durables. The increase in car purchases and energy expenditure contributes to the slight increase in August .

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Paru le : 30/09/2011
Prochaine parution le : 29/11/2017 at 08:45 - October 2017

In August, households’ expenditure in goods increased by 0.2% in volume*, after having decreased by –0.2% in July. The slight decrease in July is mainly imputable to a decrease of car purchases and household durables. The increase in car purchases and energy expenditure contributes to the slight increase in August .

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

Engineered goods : decreasing

Durables : decreasing in July, stable in August

After a decrease in July (–0.8%), households’ expenditure in durables were stable in August. This is due to a bounce in car purchases in August (+0.9%) after a decrease in July(–1.5%) imputable to the secondhand market. On the other hand, after a sharp increase in June (+3.9%), purchases in household durables decreased again in July ( –0.7%) and August (–1.7%). The decrease concerns particularly purchases in furniture.

Textile-leather : decreasing

Purchases in textile and leather remained dynamic in July (+1.0% after +3.6% in June) but decreased in August (-2.3%).

Other engineered goods : stability

The slight increase of expenditures in other engineered goods in July (+0.2%) is balanced by a decrease of the same scale in August (–0.2%), notably due to a decrease in hardware consumption.

Food products : back to stability

Households’ expenditure in food products slightly decreased in July (–0.4%), then stabilized in August (+0.1%).

Energy : increasing

After a slight increase in July (+0.2%), consumption of energy products accelerated in August (+2.6%), in particular for petroleum products.

tab1_eng – Households consumption expenditures in goods

In chained billion euros
Households consumption expenditures in goods
Juin Juillet Août Août 11/
2011 2011 2011 Août.10
Food products 14.619 14.560 14.576
Change (%) –0.4 –0.4 0.1 –0.1
Engineered goods 20.642 20.608 20.495
change (%) 1.7 –0.2 –0.5 0.2
Of which:
Automobiles 4.727 4.658 4.699
Change (%) 0.3 –1.5 0.9 –1.0
Household durables 5.206 5.171 5.086
Change (%) 3.9 –0.7 –1.7 2.0
Textile-leather 4.026 4.066 3.971
Change (%) 3.6 1.0 –2.3 –0.1
Other engineered goods 5.719 5.730 5.721
Change (%) 0.7 0.2 –0.2 0.7
Energy 6.487 6.501 6.669
Change (%) 1.6 0.2 2.6 1.1
Including petroleum products 3.984 4.051 4.154
Change (%) 1.2 1.7 2.5 1.1
Total 41.698 41.619 41.718
Change (%) 0.9 –0.2 0.2 0.3
Manufactured goods 36.215 36.101 36.132
Change (%) 1.0 –0.3 0.1 0.4