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Growth in household consumption of goods
Seasonally-adjusted figures show that household consumption of goods increased by 0.4 per cent from April to May 2013. Decreased consumption of electricity and vehicles softened the increase in consumption of goods.
|May 2013||April 2013||March 2013||February 2013||January 2013|
|Of all goods||0.4||-0.8||0.1||0.8||0.8|
|Food, beverages and tobacco||0.9||-0.9||0.1||0.3||-0.2|
|Electricity and heating fuels||-6.0||1.3||9.3||-4.6||-8.5|
|Purchases of vehicles and petrol||-2.6||-2.2||-1.7||2.3||6.5|
Consumption of food and beverages rose 0.9 per cent from April to May. Consumption of “other goods”, such as clothes and leisure equipment, increased by 2.4 per cent, after a decrease both in April and March.
Consumption of electricity and heating fuels decreased 6 per cent in May, and contributed to pulling the growth in total consumption of goods down by 0.4 percentage points. Purchases of vehicles and petrol also showed a decrease, and was down 2.6 per cent from April to May.
Without adjusting for seasonal variations, the total household consumption of goods was 0,9 per cent higher in May 2013 than in May 2012.