In January 2015, household consumption expenditure on goods increased again (+0.6%)Household consumption expenditure on goods - January 2015

In January 2015, household consumption expenditure on goods continued to increase: +0.6% in volume*, after +1.6% in December. This rise resulted mainly from brisk purchases of cars and spending on gas and electricity. However, heating and fuel consumption declined markedly.

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Paru le : 27/02/2015
Prochaine parution le : 29/09/2017 at 08:45 - August 2017

In January 2015, household consumption expenditure on goods continued to increase: +0.6% in volume*, after +1.6% in December. This rise resulted mainly from brisk purchases of cars and spending on gas and electricity. However, heating and fuel consumption declined markedly.

Engineered goods : growing in January

In January, household consumption of engineered goods grew sharply (+1.3% after +0.2%).

Durables: significant recovery

Household expenditure on durable goods picked up in January (+1.9% after –0.3%). This upturn was driven mainly by a sharp rise in car purchases (+3.2% after –0.1%). Expenditure on household durables, especially regarding furniture, bounced back as well (+1.4% after –0.5% in December).

Textile-leather: further increase

Consumption of textile, clothing and leather sped up in January (+2.0% after +1.7%). This was the fourth increase following the fall in September, during which consumption of clothing had reached its lowest level since October 2011.

Other engineered goods: slight drop

In January, consumption expenditure on other engineered goods dipped slightly (–0.2%, after +0.1%).

[* 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 – Breakdown of engineered goods

Food products: almost stable

Consumption of food products was virtually flat in January (–0.1% after +0.7% in December). Consumption of tobacco declined slightly.

Energy: decelerating significantly

Household consumption of energy products slowed down markedly in January, after a surge in December (+0.6% after +6.9%). This turnaround essentially reflected the backlash in fuel and heating expenditure, which was very dynamic in December. Gas and electricity consumption continued to climb at a brisk pace with temperatures returning to a level close to seasonal norms, after a very mild fall.

The variation in December is scaled up by 0.1 point

The growth in household consumption of goods in December 2014 is scaled up by 0.1 point: it is now estimated at +1.6%, instead of +1.5% within the previous publication.

This revision is mainly due to the integration of new information, as well as the updating 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
Nov. Dec. Jan. Jan.2015/
2014 2014 2015 Jan.2014
Food products 15.882 15.988 15.974
Change (%) –0.1 0.7 –0.1 1.4
Engineered goods 20.013 20.057 20.313
Change (%) 0.6 0.2 1.3 2.2
Durables 10.020 9.991 10.178
Change (%) 0.1 –0.3 1.9 5.6
- of which automobiles 4.591 4.584 4.731
Change (%) –1.5 –0.1 3.2 4.0
- of which household durables 4.203 4.180 4.237
Change (%) 1.8 –0.5 1.4 10.1
Textile-leather 4.016 4.083 4.163
Change (%) 2.3 1.7 2.0 –0.4
Other engineered goods 5.982 5.985 5.974
Change (%) 0.3 0.1 –0.2 –1.2
Energy 6.708 7.173 7.214
Change (%) 0.0 6.9 0.6 5.8
- including petroleum products 4.143 4.516 4.422
Change (%) –0.7 9.0 –2.1 4.7
Total 42.551 43.217 43.491
Change (%) 0.2 1.6 0.6 2.6
Manufactured goods 36.651 37.124 37.196
Change (%) 0.0 1.3 0.2 2.1