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

In April 2015, household consumption expenditure on goods was virtually stable: +0.1% in volume*, after –0.7% in March. In detail, consumption of food goods remained dynamic (+0.4% in April after +0.5%), while expenditure on durables stepped back (–0.4% after +1.0%).

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No 128
Paru le : 29/05/2015
Prochaine parution le : 31/10/2017 at 08:45 - September 2017

In April 2015, household consumption expenditure on goods was virtually stable: +0.1% in volume*, after –0.7% in March. In detail, consumption of food goods remained dynamic (+0.4% in April after +0.5%), while expenditure on durables stepped back (–0.4% after +1.0%).

Engineered goods : stability

Durables: step back in April

Household expenditure on durable goods stepped back in April (–0.4% after +1.0% in March). Expenditure on household durables dropped slightly again (–0.2%, as in March). Car purchases were almost stable (+0.1%), after a sharp increase in March (+1.5%).

Textile-leather: rebound in April

Consumption of textile, clothing and leather recovered in April (+1.3%) after a marked decline in March (–5.1%).

Other engineered goods: decreasing

Consumption expenditure on other engineered goods decreased slightly in April (–0.2%), notably in perfumes, after being stable in March.

[* 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: increasing again

In April, consumption of food products remained dynamic (+0.4% after +0.5% in March), especially due to meat products consumption.

Energy: decreasing slightly

In April, household consumption of energy products decreased slightly (–0.3%), after a sharp drop in March (–3.3%). A rise of fuel consumption was indeed almost totally offset by a decrease of gas and electricity expenditure.

The variation in March 2015 is scaled down by 0.1 point

Household consumption of goods is scaled down by 0.1 point in March, now estimated at –0.7% instead of –0.6% within the previous publication, due notably to clothing.

This revision arised especially from the fitting of the sub-annual accounts on new annual accounts which were revised with the estimation of the provisional account of the year 2014, from the reestimation of calendar and seasonal adjustment and calibration models, as well as from the integration of new information on the indicators commonly used.

graph4_new_ang – Energy

tab1_ang – Household consumption expenditure on goods

In chained billion euros
Household consumption expenditure on goods
Feb. March April April2015/
2015 2015 2015 April2014
Food products 15.925 16.001 16.062  
Change (%) -0.3 0.5 0.4 1.1
Engineered goods 20.387 20.261 20.257  
Change (%) 0.1 -0.6 0.0 2.3
Durables 9.995 10.099 10.055  
Change (%) 0.1 1.0 -0.4 2.3
- of which automobiles 4.669 4.740 4.747  
Change (%) -0.1 1.5 0.1 -0.2
- of which household durables 4.114 4.107 4.097  
Change (%) 0.2 -0.2 -0.2 6.6
Textile-leather 4.256 4.041 4.091  
Change (%) -0.4 -5.1 1.3 2.0
Other engineered goods 6.132 6.129 6.115  
Change (%) 0.5 0.0 -0.2 2.3
Energy 7.251 7.014 6.992  
Change (%) 1.0 -3.3 -0.3 3.0
- including petroleum products 4.399 4.262 4.328  
Change (%) 0.2 -3.1 1.6 2.8
Total 43.550 43.244 43.277  
Change (%) 0.1 -0.7 0.1 2.0
Manufactured goods 37.174 37.059 37.187  
Change (%) 0.0 -0.3 0.3 2.0