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Stable household consumption of goods
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Wholesale and retail trade and service activities;Income and consumption;National accounts and business cycles
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Index of household consumption of goodsMarch 2013

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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.

Index of household consumption of goods. Percentage change from the previous month. Seasonally adjusted
March 2013February 2013January 2013December 2012November 2012
Of all goods0.10.80.70.30.1
Food, beverages and tobacco0.60.4-0.20.90.6
Electricity and heating fuels5.5-4.6-8.49.9-4.2
Purchases of vehicles and petrol-1.42.75.9-5.10.5
Other goods-0.71.51.50.10.5
Index of household consumption of goods. 2005=100

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.

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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.