This is an archived release.
Increased household consumption
The consumption of goods increased by 1.3 per cent from May to June 2005, according to the seasonally adjusted volume index of commodity consumption. One third of the increase is due to purchases of vehicles.
Seasonally adjusted figures show a 2.7 per cent increase in purchases of vehicles and petrol from May to June this year. In the same period the consumption of electricity and heating fuels increased by 2.9 per cent. The consumption of food, beverages and tobacco decreased by 0.2 per cent, while the consumption of other goods was 1.5 per cent higher in June than in May.
The unadjusted volume index of commodity consumption increased by 2.7 per cent from June 2004 to June 2005. Purchases of vehicles and petrol were 1.7 per cent higher in the same period, while consumption of electricity and heating fuels increased by 8.9 per cent. The consumption of food, beverages and tobacco increased by 0.1 per cent, while the consumption of other goods was 4.1 per cent higher in June this year compared to June last year.
Method differs from the index of retail sale
The index of commodity consumption describes the development in household consumption of goods, while the index of retail sales measures the development in retail sales. As opposed to the index of retail sales, the index of commodity consumption includes goods that are not sold in retail trade. Thus, the calculation of the index of commodity consumption is based on information from the index of retail sales in addition to information on purchases of cars, sales of petrol and oil to petrol stations and the consumption of electricity unadjusted for changes in temperature. This may result in deviations in the development of the two indices.
The index of commodity consumption uses the same definitions and methods of compilation as the quarterly national accounts, and thus serves as an indicator of household consumption of goods in the quarterly national accounts.
Timeliness is important in the release of statistics, and the index of commodity consumption may therefore have to rely on preliminary estimates in some cases. Such estimates are replaced in the subsequent release. This applies, inter alia, to figures on electricity consumption, where short-term statistics from the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE) are used. Later on these short-term statistics are replaced by electricity statistics from Statistics Norway. This implies that the index of commodity consumption normally will be revised in the subsequent publishing.
Index of commodity consumption, June 2005.
Seasonally adjusted and unadjusted volume index.
June 2004-June 2005. 1995=1001
|1||Please note that the indices have been revised.|