This is an archived release.
Strong fall in household consumption of goods
Seasonally-adjusted figures show that household consumption of goods decreased by 2.0 per cent from June to July 2013. Half of the decrease is due to a strong fall in purchases of vehicles and petrol.
|July 2013||June 2013||May 2013||April 2013||March 2013|
|Of all goods||-2.0||0.2||0.2||-0.9||0.1|
|Food, beverages and tobacco||0.6||-0.7||0.8||-1.0||0.1|
|Electricity and heating fuels||1.9||-3.0||-7.1||2.0||8.4|
|Purchases of vehicles and petrol||-6.4||3.8||-2.7||-2.2||-1.6|
Purchases of vehicles and petrol fell by 6.4 per cent form June to July. Consumption of “other goods”, such as clothes and furniture, also showed a clear fall in the seasonally-adjusted figures.
Consumption of food and beverages rose by 0.6 per cent in July. Consumption of electricity and heating fuels increased by 1.9 per cent in the same period.
Without adjusting for seasonal variations, the total household consumption of goods was 1.8 per cent higher in July 2013 than in July 2012.