This is an archived release.
Increase in household consumption of goods
Household consumption of goods went up 0.9 per cent from January to February, according to seasonally-adjusted figures. It was mainly other goods that contributed to the increase.
|February 2015||January 2015||December 2014||November 2014||October 2014|
|Of all goods||0.9||-0.4||0.2||0.9||0.3|
|Food, beverages and tobacco||-0.5||0.4||1.3||-0.6||-0.1|
|Electricity and heating fuels||1.8||-2.6||2.2||1.7||-2.3|
|Purchases of vehicles and petrol||0.3||0.2||0.1||1.7||0.7|
Consumption of other goods increased by 2.0 per cent and contributed to pulling up total consumption of goods by 0.8 percentage points. Consumption of electricity and heating fuels went up by 1.8 per cent.
Purchases of vehicles and petrol went slightly up, while consumption of food and beverages went down by 0.5 per cent.
Without adjusting for calendar effects and seasonality, household consumption of goods was 2.1 per cent higher in February 2015 than in the same month the year before.
The index of household consumption of goods describes the development in household consumption of goods. For goods sold in the retailing industry, the index of retail sales is the main source. The index of household consumption of goods also includes purchases of cars (initial registration) and consumption of electricity and heating fuels.
The index of household consumption of goods uses the same definitions and methods of compilation as the Quarterly National Accounts, and thus serves as an indicator of household final consumption expenditure in the Quarterly National Accounts.