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21 décembre 2018
N° 2018-344

Household consumption expenditure on goods declined slightly in November (−0.3%)Household consumption expenditure on goods - November 2018

In November 2018, household expenditure on goods declined by 0.3% in volume*, after an increase in October (+0.9%). This decline was particularly explained by the decrease in food consumption (−0.5%) and engineered goods purchases (−0.6%). Energy consumption slowed down (+0.7% after +1.5% in October).

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Paru le : 21/12/2018
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In November 2018, household expenditure on goods declined by 0.3% in volume*, after an increase in October (+0.9%). This decline was particularly explained by the decrease in food consumption (−0.5%) and engineered goods purchases (−0.6%). Energy consumption slowed down (+0.7% after +1.5% in October).

Graph1Total consumption of goods

  • Source: INSEE

*Volumes are measured at chain-link previous year prices (2014 euro billions) and all figures are trading-day and seasonally adjusted.

Engineered goods: fall in November

In November, spending on engineered goods decreased (−0.6%), after being relatively dynamic in October (+0.8%). In particular, purchases of durable goods fell sharply, while purchases of clothing and other manufactured goods decreased slightly.

Durables: sharp decline in November

Consumption of durable goods declined strongly in November (−1.1%, after +1.0%). This decrease was mainly due to the drop in transport equipment purchases (−1.4% after +1.0%). In particular, sales of demonstration vehicles fell sharply.

Textile-clothing: slight decrease in November

Expenditure on textile-clothing decreased slightly in November (−0.1% after +1.2%). Purchases of fabric and clothes decreased sharply, while sales of shoes and leather goods increased.

Other engineered goods: virtual stability

In November, consumption of "other manufactured goods" was virtually stable (−0.1% after +0.2% in October and −0.2% in September).

Graph2Breakdown of engineered goods

  • Source: INSEE

Food products: decrease in November

In November, food consumption decreased (−0.5% after +0.9% in October). This decline came from the decrease in agri-food products, despite a slight increase in the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Graph3Food products, engineered goods and energy

  • Source: INSEE

Energy: slowdown in November

In November, energy consumption slowed down (+0.7% after +1.5% in October). Fuel consumption declined (−1.0% after +4.4% in October), but gas and electricity consumption bounced back (+2.1% after −0.9%).

Graph4Breakdown of energy

  • Source: INSEE

The variation in October 2018 was revised upwards

Compared to the previous estimation, the change of household expenditure on goods in October 2018 was revised upwards: +0.9% instead of +0.8%. Indeed, new information has been integrated and the seasonal adjustment coefficients have been updated.

TableHousehold consumption expenditure on goods

Changes in %, TD-SA
Household consumption expenditure on goods
Weight (1) Sept-18 Oct-18 Nov-18 Nov 18 / Nov 17 Q / Q-1 (2)
Food products 38 –0.9 0.9 –0.5 –3.0 –0.8
- excl. Tobacco 34 –1.0 0.9 –0.5 –2.4 –0.8
Engineered goods 45 –3.2 0.8 –0.6 –1.2 –1.2
- Durables 22 –5.1 1.0 –1.1 –0.9 –1.9
Including :
- Transport equipment 12 –8.9 1.0 –1.4 1.0 –3.8
- Household durables 7 –0.2 1.4 –1.0 –4.0 0.4
- Textile-clothing 9 –2.5 1.2 –0.1 –3.4 –1.2
- Other engineered goods 14 –0.2 0.2 –0.1 –0.2 0.0
Energy 18 –1.2 1.5 0.7 –1.9 0.1
- Energy, water, waste 10 –0.6 –0.9 2.1 –3.6 –0.2
- Refined Products 8 –2.1 4.4 –1.0 0.6 0.5
Total 100 –2.0 0.9 –0.3 –2.0 –0.8
- Including Manufactured goods 84 –2.1 1.1 –0.6 –1.6 –0.8
  • (1) Weighting in the consumption expenditure on goods in value in 2017
  • (2) Last three months / previous three months
  • Source: INSEE

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