Increased consumption of goods
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Index of household consumption of goodsJuly 2006



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Increased consumption of goods

According to the seasonally adjusted volume index of commodity consumption, the consumption of goods was 0.7 percent higher in July 2006 than in the previous month. Low consumption of clothes and electricity pulled the index downwards.

The consumption bundle “other goods” increased by 0.8 percent from the previous month. This was mainly due to the consumption of clothing, but also the consumption of furniture and white goods where high.

The consumption of electricity and heating fuels went up by about 2 percent from June to July.

There was a decrease in consumption of groceries by 0.4 percent, while the consumption of vehicles and petrol was about 2 percent higher in July than in June.

The unadjusted volume index of commodity consumption was 2.2 percent higher in July 2006 than in July 2005. It is mainly consumption of “other goods” that contributed to this increase.

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, July 2006. Sesonally adjusted
and unadjusted volume index. July 2005-July 2006. 1995=1001
Period      Seasonally
     Change from
     previous month.
Per cent
     Unadjusted      Change from
     same month last
year. Per cent
July  139.6 0.5  139.1 3.1
August  139.9 0.2  141.9 5.8
September       138.9 -0.7  133.7 3.0
October  137.5 -1.1  134.2 0.5
November  138.2 0.5  141.3 1.5
December  140.6 1.8  186.0 0.7
January  140.3 -0.2  132.9 5.7
February  140.1 -0.2  121.2 1.5
March  141.8 1.2  140.6 7.7
April  140.7 -0.8  128.4 -3.6
May  143.8 2.2  140.6 7.0
June  142.9 -0.6  147.7 3.3
July  143.9 0.7  142.1 2.2
1  Please note that the indices have been revised.