In May 2015, household consumption of goods was virtually stable (+0.1%)Household consumption expenditure on goods - May 2015

In May 2015, household consumption expenditure on goods was virtually flat: +0.1% in volume*, after 0.0% in April. In detail, consumption of energy products recovered slightly (+0.3% after –1.3% in April), while expenditure on textile, clothing and leather fell (–0.3% after +1.5%).

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Paru le : 30/06/2015
Prochaine parution le : 29/11/2017 at 08:45 - October 2017

In May 2015, household consumption expenditure on goods was virtually flat: +0.1% in volume*, after 0.0% in April. In detail, consumption of energy products recovered slightly (+0.3% after –1.3% in April), while expenditure on textile, clothing and leather fell (–0.3% after +1.5%).

Engineered goods : virtually stable

In May, household consumption of engineered goods was virtually stable (+0.1%, as in April).

Durables: slight rebound in May

In May, household expenditure on durable goods bounced back slightly (+0.2% after –0.3% in April). In detail, expenditure on household durables declined for the third month in a row (–0.6%, after –0.2% in March and in April). Conversely, car purchases continued to rise albeit at a somewhat slower pace (+0.2% after +0.4%).

Textile-leather: slight downturn

Consumption of textile, clothing and leather eased back slightly in May (–0.3% after +1.5% in April and –5.1% in March).

Other engineered goods: near stability

In May, consumption expenditure on other engineered goods were almost stable again (+0.1% after –0.1% in April).

[* Volumes are measured at previous year’s prices 2010 chain-linked, 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

Food products: stability

In May, consumption of food products held steady (after +0.3% in April).

Energy: slight rebound

In May, household consumption of energy products picked up slightly (+0.3%), after a decrease in April (–1.3%). This rebound was mainly buoyed by the increase in electricity expenditure, whereas consumption expenditure on petroleum products receded (–0.3%).

The variation in April 2015 is scaled down by 0.1 point

Household consumption of goods is scaled down by 0.1 point in April 2015, now estimated at 0.0% instead of +0.1% in the previous publication, due notably to energy consumption.

This revision ensued from the integration of more recent data on the indicators commonly used as well as from the update of the seasonal adjustment coefficients.

graph4_new_ang – Energy

tab1_eng – Household consumption expenditure on goods

In chained billion euros
Household consumption expenditure on goods
March April May May2015/
2015 2015 2015 May2014
Food products 16.003 16.057 16.058
Change (%) 0.5 0.3 0.0 1.6
Engineered goods 20.244 20.273 20.290
Change (%) –0.7 0.1 0.1 2.8
Durables 10.096 10.066 10.090
Change (%) 1.0 –0.3 0.2 3.6
- of which automobiles 4.744 4.763 4.774
Change (%) 1.5 0.4 0.2 3.8
- of which household durables 4.102 4.092 4.068
Change (%) –0.2 –0.2 –0.6 3.0
Textile-leather 4.045 4.107 4.093
Change (%) –5.1 1.5 –0.3 1.5
Other engineered goods 6.111 6.105 6.112
Change (%) –0.3 –0.1 0.1 2.5
Energy 7.046 6.957 6.979
Change (%) –2.7 –1.3 0.3 –0.4
- including petroleum products 4.301 4.317 4.304
Change (%) –2.2 0.4 –0.3 0.6
Total 43.265 43.249 43.289
Change (%) –0.6 0.0 0.1 1.8
Manufactured goods 37.044 37.192 37.200
Change (%) –0.4 0.4 0.0 2.6