Despite a downturn in March (-0.6%), household consumption of goods grew sharply over the first quarter of 2015 (+1.6%)Household consumption expenditure on goods - March 2015

In March 2015, household consumption expenditure on goods stepped back: –0.6% in volume*, after increasing for four months in a row. This decline was mainly attributable to the downturn in energy consumption (–3.2% in March). However, over the first quarter, household expenditure on goods increased markedly (+1.6%), mainly as a result of a substantial rebound in consumption of energy and the acceleration in expenditure on durable goods. This result represents the highest rise since the fourth quarter of 2009.

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No 106
Paru le : 30/04/2015
Prochaine parution le : 29/09/2017 at 08:45 - August 2017

In March 2015, household consumption expenditure on goods stepped back: –0.6% in volume*, after increasing for four months in a row. This decline was mainly attributable to the downturn in energy consumption (–3.2% in March). However, over the first quarter, household expenditure on goods increased markedly (+1.6%), mainly as a result of a substantial rebound in consumption of energy and the acceleration in expenditure on durable goods. This result represents the highest rise since the fourth quarter of 2009.

Engineered goods : declining slightly in March, increasing markedly over the quarter

Durables: speeding up over the quarter

Household expenditure on durable goods went up in March (+1.0%), after holding steady in February. Expenditure on household durables dropped back slightly (–0.2%), after two consecutive months of growth. Conversely, car purchases bounced back (+1.9% after –0.7% in February).

Over the first quarter 2015, expenditure on durable goods sped up significantly (+1.8% after +0.5%), primarily because of car purchases (+2.5% after –0.3%). Expenditure on household durables, for its part, kept rising at almost the same pace as over the previous quarter (+1.3% after +1.5%).

Textile-leather: weakening in March, growing over the quarter

Consumption of textile, clothing and leather decreased in March (–3.3% after –0.2%). In contrast, purchases accelerated over the first quarter (+2.8% after +1.5%).

[* 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

Other engineered goods: accelerating over the quarter

Consumption expenditure on other engineered goods was practically stable in March (+0.1%, after +0.6%). It sped up over the first quarter (+1.1% after +0.6%).

Food products: recovering slightly in March, virtually flat over the quarter

In March, consumption of food products picked up slightly (+0.2% after –0.3%), especially due to tobacco consumption. Over the first quarter, it was almost stable (+0.1% after +0.7% over the previous quarter).

Energy: downturn in March, significant rebound over the quarter

In March, household consumption of energy products eased back (–3.2%), after three consecutive months of increase. Oil, electricity and gas consumption dipped substantially.

Over the first quarter, however, consumption of energy products bounced back sharply (+4.4% after –2.2%).

The variation in March is scaled up by 0.1 point

Household consumption of goods is scaled up by 0.1 point in February, now estimated at +0.2% instead of +0.1% within the previous publication. Conversely, the estimation in January is scaled down by 0.1 point (+0.6%, instead of +0.7% as previously estimated).

These revisions are mainly due to the integration of new information, as well as the updating of the seasonal adjustment coefficients, particularly regarding energy.

graph4_new_ang – Energy

english_trim – Household consumption expenditure on goods

In chained billion euros
Household consumption expenditure on goods
Jan. Feb. March March2015/ Q1 15/
2015 2015 2015 March2014 Q4 14
Food products 15.953 15.911 15.949
Change (%) –0.1 –0.3 0.2 1.2 0.1
Engineered goods 20.402 20.431 20.391
Change (%) 1.4 0.1 –0.2 2.8 1.8
Durables 10.126 10.124 10.229
Change (%) 1.7 0.0 1.0 4.3 1.8
- of which automobiles 4.714 4.681 4.768
Change (%) 3.1 –0.7 1.9 1.5 2.5
- of which household durables 4.195 4.202 4.193
Change (%) 1.1 0.2 –0.2 8.1 1.3
Textile-leather 4.251 4.244 4.103
Change (%) 2.0 –0.2 –3.3 2.2 2.8
Other engineered goods 6.022 6.061 6.065
Change (%) 0.5 0.6 0.1 0.7 1.1
Energy 7.192 7.273 7.042
Change (%) 0.1 1.1 –3.2 2.0 4.4
- including petroleum products 4.423 4.443 4.313
Change (%) –2.0 0.5 –2.9 –0.4 2.8
Total 43.529 43.603 43.348
Change (%) 0.6 0.2 –0.6 2.1 1.6
Manufactured goods 37.256 37.265 37.184
Change (%) 0.2 0.0 –0.2 1.8 1.0