This is an archived release.
Steady household consumption of goods
Seasonally-adjusted figures show that household consumption of goods was at the same level in August as in July, and only slightly higher than in June.
Household consumption of food and beverages rose by 1.5 per cent from July to August, after a decrease in the two previous months. Purchases of vehicles also increased, while purchases of engine fuels were slightly lower than in the previous month.
Consumption of electricity and heating fuels went down 3.7 per cent in August, and pulled consumption of goods down by 0.3 percentage points. There was an across the board decrease of goods within the group ‘other goods’, which includes clothes, leisure equipment and furniture etc.
Without adjusting for seasonal variations, the total household consumption of goods was 1.9 per cent higher in August 2012 than in August 2011.
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Comparability to 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. 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 part of retail sales.
Connection to quarterly national accounts
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 sometimes has to rely on preliminary estimates, which are replaced in subsequent releases.
The national accounts have recently carried out a revision of the time series . The index of household consumption of goods, which uses the same methods and definitions as the consumption calculations in the quarterly national accounts, is affected by this revision.
As regards the seasonally-adjusted figures, the figures for previous periods may be revised when a new month is added to the series. For further information, see About seasonal adjustments in the left margin.