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Decline in household consumption of goods
Household consumption of goods was down 0.6 per cent from August to September 2015, according to seasonally-adjusted figures. All consumption groups, except electricity and heating fuels, contributed to the decline.
|September 2015||August 2015||July 2015||June 2015||May 2015|
|Of all goods||-0.6||-0.7||0.1||1.1||-2.2|
|Food, beverages and tobacco||-0.8||1.7||-0.3||0.8||-3.3|
|Electricity and heating fuels||2.6||-4.2||-2.8||3.9||6.5|
|Purchases of vehicles and petrol||-1.9||1.8||-1.7||1.0||-0.7|
Purchases of vehicles and petrol were down 1.9 per cent and contributed to pulling down total household consumption by just less than 0.4 percentage points. Consumption of food and beverages went down 0.8 per cent, and consumption of other goods fell half a per cent.
Consumption of electricity and heating fuels was up 2.6 per cent, which contributed to dampening the decline in total household consumption by almost 0.2 percentage points.
Without adjusting for calendar effects and seasonality, household consumption of goods was 0.3 per cent higher in September 2015 than 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.