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Steady household consumption of goods
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2011-03-02T10:00:00.000Z
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 goodsJanuary 2011

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Steady household consumption of goods

Seasonally-adjusted figures show that households’ consumption of goods remained unchanged from December 2010 to January 2011. While the consumption of food and cars increased, a decrease in electricity consumption contributed to pulling the index down.

Index of household consumption of goods, seasonally adjusted. 1995=100

Consumption of food, beverages and tobacco went up by 1.3 per cent from December to January. Purchases of vehicles and petrol showed an increase of 4.6 per cent, after a strong decrease the previous month.

After a freezing December, household consumption of electricity and heating fuels went down 7 per cent in January. Other goods decreased by 1.1 per cent. Consumption of clothes and leisure equipment went down, while furniture and household appliances showed an increase.

Without adjustments for seasonal variations, the household consumption of goods was 0.8 per cent lower in January 2011 compared with January 2010.

Index of household consumption of goods, January 2011. Seasonally adjusted and unadjusted volume indices. January 2010-January 2011. 1995=1001
Period Sesonally adjusted Change from
previous month.
Per cent
Unadjusted Change from
the same month
last year.
Per cent
2010        
January  154.4 0.8  144.8 5.9
February  152.9 -1.0  132.7 6.1
March  151.8 -0.7  157.7 14.2
April  151.3 -0.3  134.6 -1.2
May  152.9 1.1  145.2 0.1
June  152.8 -0.1  160.5 5.6
July  153.8 0.6  158.6 2.7
August  153.2 -0.4  152.8 2.2
September  155.0 1.2  149.0 2.7
October  155.3 0.2  152.9 -0.7
November  159.0 2.4  163.5 9.4
December  154.5 -2.8  204.3 2.0
         
2011        
January  154.6 0.0  143.7 -0.8
1  Please note that the indices have been revised.

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 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.

Revisions

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.

Seasonally adjusted figures

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 column.