This is an archived release.
Cars pulled up household consumption of goods
Seasonally-adjusted figures show that household consumption of goods increased by 0.6 per cent from July to August 2013. The increase is mainly due to purchases of vehicles.
|August 2013||July 2013||June 2013||May 2013||April 2013|
|Of all goods||0.6||-2.1||0.1||0.2||-0.7|
|Food, beverages and tobacco||0.0||0.3||-0.7||0.9||-1.0|
|Electricity and heating fuels||-2.6||2.0||-3.2||-7.1||1.9|
|Purchases of vehicles and petrol||4.4||-5.8||2.8||-2.6||-1.3|
Purchases of vehicles and petrol increased by 4.4 per cent, after a strong decrease in the month before. In August, this consumption group contributed to pulling up household consumption of goods by 0.7 percentage points.
Consumption of “other goods”, such as furniture and leisure equipment, showed an increase of 0.4 per cent from July to August, while consumption of food and beverages was at the same level as in July. However consumption of electricity and heating fuels decreased by 2.6 per cent in the same period.
Although the household consumption of goods increased from July to August, the level of household consumption of goods is lower than in the first six months of 2013.
Without adjusting for seasonal variations, the total household consumption of goods was 0.3 per cent higher in August 2013 than August 2012.