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Minor change in household consumption
statistikk
2008-05-29T10:00:00.000Z
Wholesale and retail trade and service activities;Income and consumption;National accounts and business cycles
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vki, Index of household consumption of goods, volume index, household consumption (for example car purchase, food consumption, electricity consumption)Wholesale and retail trade , Consumption, National accounts , Income and consumption, National accounts and business cycles, Wholesale and retail trade and service activities
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Index of household consumption of goodsApril 2008

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Minor change in household consumption

Seasonally adjusted figures for household consumption was almost unchanged from March to April. Purchase of vehicles and petrol pushed the index down. Consumption of foodstuffs went however up.

Easter this year fell in a different month than last year. As a result, the seasonally adjusted figures are more uncertain than usual.

Vehicles and petrol purchased by the households went down by 2.5 per cent from March to April. The number of the newly registered cars was relatively high in April. However, due to the correction of the Easter effect, seasonally adjusted figures show a decrease in the purchase of vehicles.

The consumption of foodstuffs and beverages showed an increase of 0.8 per cent in April. At the same time a slight decrease was registered in the group ‘other goods’. Consumption of clothing and footwear that belong to this group showed a sharp fall, while the consumption of furniture and durables and photo and electronic equipment increased some.

Household consumption of electricity and heating fuels rose by almost 1.5 per cent. While the consumption of electricity went up, consumption of heating oils decreased.

Method differs from the index of retail sales

The index of household consumption of goods describes the development in household consumption, while the index of retail sales measures the development in retail sales. As opposed to the index of retail sales, the index household consumption of goods has a wider selection of goods. The calculation of the index of household consumption of goods is based on information from the index of retail sales plus purchases 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 household consumption of goods uses the same definitions and methods of compilation as the quarterly national accounts, and thus serves as an indicator of household consumption in the quarterly national accounts.

Since Statistics Norway gives high priority to timeliness in the release of statistics, the index of household consumption of goods may have to rely on preliminary estimates in some cases. This implies that such estimates will be replaced in subsequent releases.

Index of household consumption of goods, April 2008. Seasonally adjusted and unadjusted volume index. April 2007-April 2008. 1995=1001
Period Seasonally
adjusted
Change from
previous month.
Per cent
Unadjusted Change from the
same month last year.
Per cent
2007        
April  149.8 -0.6  133.1 4.0
May  150.3 0.3  148.6 5.6
June  154.4 2.8  161.9 9.5
July  152.0 -1.6  152.4 7.2
August  152.1 0.1  157.9 7.0
September  154.0 1.2  144.7 4.3
October  153.8 -0.1  153.8 9.6
November  154.9 0.7  158.5 7.6
December  154.1 -0.5  196.1 3.6
2008        
January  151.9 -1.4  144.3 0.7
February  154.8 1.9  138.8 8.0
March  154.7 0.0  142.3 -5.6
April  154.4 -0.2  148.8 11.8
1  Please note that the indices have been revised.