This is an archived release.
Households’ consumption down 2.1 per cent in June
Seasonally-adjusted figures show a fall of 2.1 per cent in the household consumption of goods from May to June this year. Car purchases was the only group with a clear increase.
Purchases of goods in the group ‘other goods’ declined most and fell by 3.3 per cent from May to June. In this group, purchases of books and leisure articles decreased particularly and contributed alone with a 1.2 percentage points reduction in total consumption. This must be seen in connection to a corresponding growth in May.
The households’ consumption of food, beverages and tobacco has been relatively stable during the previous months, but the figures for this group showed a clear decrease from May to June of 1.6 per cent.
Continued growth in car purchases
Overall, purchases of vehicles and petrol remained almost unchanged from May to June. Purchases of vehicles showed a significant increase compared with the previous month though, whereas reduced purchases of spare parts, fuels and oil contributed towards pulling the consumption down.
The households’ consumption of electricity and heating fuels was 0.3 per cent lower in June than in May.
Lower consumption than June last year
Without adjustments for seasonal variations, the households consumed goods for 1 per cent less in June 2009 than in the same month previous year. The consumption of food, beverages and tobacco remained unchanged compared with June 2008, whereas purchases of clothes and leisure equipment etc. were higher. In contrast, the electricity consumption and the purchases of vehicles and petrol was almost 10 per cent lower in June this year than June last year.
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. Compared to the index of retail sales, the index of 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) and consumption of electricity and heating fuels. This may result in deviations in the development of the two indices. Additionally, it should be borne in mind that the “Standard Industrial Classification” changed on 1 January 2009, which inter alia means that petrol stations from then onwards are a part of retail sales.
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 a 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 means that such estimates will be replaced in subsequent releases. As regards the seasonally-adjusted figures, the figures for previous periods may be revised when a new observation is added to the series of raw data.
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