This is an archived release.
Rise due to consumption of clothing and footwear
The index of household consumption of goods went up by 1.6 per cent in September, according to seasonally adjusted figures. The consumption of clothing and footwear as well as foodstuffs pulled the index up. There was on the other hand, a drop in the consumption of vehicles and electricity.
Consumption of food, beverages and tobacco went up by 3.0 per cent from August to September.
Consumption of ‘other goods’ that does not include cars, petrol and electricity went up by 2.1 per cent in September. Clothing and footwear that are a part of this group showed an upwards turn by 6 per cent.
The households’ use of electricity and heating fuels increased by 1.9 per cent from August to September.
Purchase of cars fell by 2.5 per cent in September. However, in September 2007, the purchases of cars were still 9.1 per cent higher than the level in September 2006.
The total consumption of goods was 6 per cent higher in September 2007 compared to the level same month of the 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 has a wider choice of commodities. Calculation of the index of commodity consumption is based on information from the index of retail sales plus purchase of cars (initial registration), sales data from petrol stations (petrol and other goods) and consumption of electricity and heating fuels. 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.
Since Statistics Norway gives high priority in timeliness of release of statistics, the index of commodity consumption may have to rely on preliminary estimates in some cases. This implies that such estimates will be replaced in the subsequent releases.
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