After rising for three months, household consumption expenditure on goods was broadly stable in February (+0.1%)Household consumption expenditure on goods - February 2015

In February 2015, household consumption expenditure on goods was broadly stable: +0.1% in volume*, after +0.7% in January. The high vigour of spending on energy and other engineered goods was offset by a slight decline in the consumption of clothes and cars.

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Paru le : 31/03/2015
Prochaine parution le : 29/09/2017 at 08:45 - August 2017

In February 2015, household consumption expenditure on goods was broadly stable: +0.1% in volume*, after +0.7% in January. The high vigour of spending on energy and other engineered goods was offset by a slight decline in the consumption of clothes and cars.

Engineered goods : virtually stable

In February, household consumption of engineered goods was virtually stable (+0.1% after +1.5%).

Durables: near stability

Household expenditure on durable goods was also practically stable in February (-0.1% after +1.8%). In detail, expenditure on cars decreased (-0.8% after +3.4% in January), while expenditure on household durables kept growing (+0.5% after +1.0% in January).

Textile-leather: slight drop

Consumption of textile, clothing and leather slightly decreased in February (-0.4% after +2.0%), for the first time since September 2014.

Other engineered goods: increasing

In February, consumption expenditure on other engineered goods sped up slightly (+0.7%, after +0.5% in January), especially due to expenditure on perfumes and hardware.

[* 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: decreasing

Consumption of food products decreased slightly in February (–0.3% after –0.1% in January), mainly as a result of the decline in tobacco expenditure.

Energy: slight acceleration

Household consumption of energy products accelerated slightly in February (+0.8% after +0.6%). This dynamism essentially reflected high level in heating expenditure, the temperatures being slightly below seasonal norms in February. By contrast, fuel expenditure declined again, but at a lower pace.

The variation in January is scaled up by 0.1 point

The growth in household consumption of goods in January 2015 is scaled up by 0.1 point: it is now estimated at +0.7%, instead of +0.6% 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
Dec. Jan. Feb. Feb.2015/
2014 2015 2015 Feb.2014
Food products 15.986 15.962 15.908
Change (%) 0.7 –0.1 –0.3 1.4
Engineered goods 20.113 20.408 20.422
Change (%) 0.3 1.5 0.1 2.4
Durables 9.959 10.143 10.132
Change (%) –0.4 1.8 –0.1 3.5
- of which automobiles 4.568 4.723 4.686
Change (%) –0.4 3.4 –0.8 –0.2
- of which household durables 4.161 4.202 4.222
Change (%) –0.5 1.0 0.5 9.7
Textile-leather 4.160 4.241 4.225
Change (%) 2.0 2.0 –0.4 2.2
Other engineered goods 5.993 6.022 6.063
Change (%) 0.1 0.5 0.7 0.8
Energy 7.173 7.217 7.274
Change (%) 6.9 0.6 0.8 7.9
- including petroleum products 4.516 4.425 4.409
Change (%) 9.0 –2.0 –0.3 6.6
Total 43.268 43.571 43.593
Change (%) 1.6 0.7 0.1 3.0
Manufactured goods 37.176 37.272 37.225
Change (%) 1.3 0.3 –0.1 2.4