Decreased consumption of goods
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Index of household consumption of goodsApril 2013



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Decreased consumption of goods

Seasonally-adjusted figures show that household consumption of goods decreased 0.9 per cent from March to April 2013. The decrease was across the board, apart from a weak increase in electricity consumption.

Index of household consumption of goods. Percentage change from the previous month. Seasonally adjusted
April 2013March 2013February 2013January 2013December 2012
Of all goods-
Food, beverages and tobacco-
Electricity and heating fuels0.29.3-4.9-8.510.3
Purchases of vehicles and petrol-1.9-
Other goods-0.6-
Index of household consumption of goods. 2005=100

Consumption of food and beverages decreased 1.2 per cent from March to April, while purchases of cars and engine fuels went down 1.9 per cent in the same period.

Household purchases of other goods, such as clothing and leisure equipment, also showed a decrease in April, and were 0.6 per cent lower than in March.

Consumption of electricity and heating fuels, however, was slightly higher than in March, with an increase of 0.2 per cent.

Without adjusting for seasonal variations, the total household consumption of goods was 7.6 per cent higher in April 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.