This is an archived release.
Growth in household consumption of goods
Household consumption of goods was 0.7 per cent higher in September than in August, continuing the development from the previous month. However, due to weak growth in July, total household consumption of goods in the third quarter was still lower than in the second quarter.
|September 2013||August 2013||July 2013||June 2013||May 2013|
|Of all goods||0.7||0.8||-2.1||0.1||0.3|
|Food, beverages and tobacco||0.7||0.1||0.2||-0.7||1.0|
|Electricity and heating fuels||0.9||-0.3||2.2||-3.1||-7.0|
|Purchases of vehicles and petrol||1.1||4.6||-6.1||2.7||-2.5|
Most consumption groups contributed positively to the September growth. The seasonally-adjusted figures show that consumption of food and beverages grew by 0.7 per cent. Purchases of other goods, such as clothes, shoes and leisure equipment, went up by 0.5 per cent. Each of these two consumption groups contributed just over 0.2 percentage points to the total growth.
Purchases of vehicles and petrol went up by 1.1 per cent, following an increase of 4.6 per cent in the previous month. This consumption group contributed to pulling up household consumption of goods by 0.1 percentage point.
Without adjusting for seasonal variations, total household consumption of goods was 0.1 per cent higher in September 2013 than in September 2012.