In October 2015, household consumption of goods fell back (–0.7%)Household consumption expenditure on goods - October 2015

In October 2015, household consumption expenditure declined by 0.7% in volume* thus experiencing its first decrease since March 2015. This downturn is primarily due to the drop in purchases of durable goods (–1.8% after +1.6%).

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Paru le : 27/11/2015
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In October 2015, household consumption expenditure declined by 0.7% in volume* thus experiencing its first decrease since March 2015. This downturn is primarily due to the drop in purchases of durable goods (–1.8% after +1.6%).

Engineered goods: dropping back

In October, consumption of engineered goods dwindled (–1.1% after +0.8% in September).

Durables: marked decline

In October, expenditure on durable goods fell back substantially (–1.8% after +1,6%). Car purchases declined sharply (–3.4% after +2.6%). Nevertheless, expenditure on household durables sped up slightly (+0.5% after +0.1%), driven up by the rebound in furnitures purchases.

Textile-clothing: dipping again

In October, expenditure on textile, clothing and leather decreased again (–1.0% after –0.4%).

Other engineered goods: slight growth

Expenditure on other engineered goods rose for the third consecutive month (+0.2% in October), but slowed. More specifically, drug and perfume purchases went up, whereas expenditure on hardware fell back.

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

graph1_new_ang – Total consumption of goods

  • Source: INSEE

graph2_new_ang – Food and engineered goods

  • Source: INSEE

graph3_new_ang – Breakdown of engineered goods

  • Source: INSEE

Food products: stability

In October, food products consumption stabilized after decreasing for three months in a row.

Energy: moderate dip

Energy consumption went down again in October (–1.1% after –0.1%): expenditure on refined products, dropped for the second consecutive month, in line with domestic oil consumption and despite a rebound in diesel fuel purchases. Expenditure on gas and electricity declined slightly.

The variation in September 2015 is scaled up

The variation of household expenditure on goods in September 2015 is scaled up slightly: +0.1% instead of 0.0%. Indeed, since the previous publication, new information has been integrated, in particular regarding household durables, and the seasonal adjustment coefficients have been updated.

graph4_new_ang – Energy

  • Source: INSEE

tab1_eng – Household consumption expenditure on goods

Variation in percentages
Household consumption expenditure on goods
Weight (1) Aug. Sept. Oct. Oct. 15 / Oct. 14 T / T-1 (2)
Food products 38 –0.1 –0.7 0.0 0.3 –0.6
Engineered goods 44 0.2 0.8 –1.1 2.6 0.7
- Inc. Durables 21 0.0 1.6 –1.8 3.0 0.5
- Automobiles 11 0.0 2.6 –3.4 1.2 –0.2
- Household durables 7 0.3 0.1 0.5 6.2 2.1
- Inc. Textile-clothing 10 0.6 –0.4 –1.0 2.5 1.3
- Inc. Other engineered goods 13 0.1 0.4 0.2 2.1 0.5
Energy 18 0.4 –0.1 –1.1 4.4 0.9
- Inc. Energy, water, waste 10 –0.8 2.5 –0.3 10.1 1.4
- Inc. Refined Products 9 1.8 –2.9 –2.0 –1.3 0.4
Total 100 0.1 0.1 –0.7 2.1 0.3
- Inc. Manufactured goods 85 0.3 0.0 –0.7 1.6 0.4
  • (1) Weighting in the consumption expenditure on goods in value
  • (2) Last three months / previous three months
  • Source: INSEE