This is an archived release.
Weak increase in household consumption of goods
Seasonally-adjusted figures show that household consumption of goods increased by 0.3 per cent from January to February. The main reason for the increase was the purchase of new cars, as was the case for the previous month.
|February 2013||January 2013||December 2012||November 2012||October 2012|
|Of all goods||0.3||1.2||0.1||0.3||-1.0|
|Food, beverages and tobacco||-0.8||0.5||0.8||0.4||0.2|
|Electricity and heating fuels||-5.1||-5.5||7.9||-2.5||-0.3|
|Purchases of vehicles and petrol||2.8||5.9||-5.0||0.5||-0.8|
The increase in consumption of cars was 2.8 per cent from January to February. In isolation, the consumption of cars contributed 0.5 percentage points to the increase in consumption of goods. Household purchases of other goods, such as clothing and leisure equipment, also showed an increase from January to February.
Electricity and heating fuels decreased by 5.1 per cent, and thereby fell for the second month in a row. Consumption of food and beverages declined by 0.8 per cent.
Without adjusting for seasonal variations, the total household consumption of goods was 0.3 per cent lower in February 2013 than in February 2012.