This is an archived release.
Stable household consumption of goods
Seasonally-adjusted figures show that household consumption of goods was 0.1 per cent higher in March than in February 2013. Consumption of electricity and heating fuels pulled consumption up, while purchases of vehicles and petrol pulled down the total index.
|March 2013||February 2013||January 2013||December 2012||November 2012|
|Of all goods||0.1||0.8||0.7||0.3||0.1|
|Food, beverages and tobacco||0.6||0.4||-0.2||0.9||0.6|
|Electricity and heating fuels||5.5||-4.6||-8.4||9.9||-4.2|
|Purchases of vehicles and petrol||-1.4||2.7||5.9||-5.1||0.5|
Consumption of electricity and heating fuels increased 5.5 per cent from February to March. In isolation, the consumption of electricity and heating fuels contributed 0.4 percentage points to the increase in consumption of goods. On the other hand, purchases of vehicles and petrol fell 1.4 per cent after two months of growth. The group contributed to pulling down the consumption of goods by 0.2 percentage points.
Consumption of food and beverages went slightly up from February to March. Household purchases of other goods went down, and purchases of clothing and footwear contributed most to the decline.
Without adjusting for seasonal variations, the total household consumption of goods was 1.6 per cent lower in March 2013 than in March 2012.
It is important to be aware that the uncertainty for the seasonally-adjusted indices for March and April is greater than normal due to the changed placing of Easter. This year, Easter fell at the beginning of April, which had some effect on consumption in March. This is accounted for when adjusting for seasonal variations, however, it can still be difficult to adjust for all impacts.