This is an archived release.
Stable household consumption
Household consumption of goods was unchanged from March to April, according to seasonally-adjusted figures. The consumption of electricity and heating fuels increased, while purchases of vehicles and petrol decreased.
|April 2016||March 2016||February 2016||January 2016||December 2015|
|Of all goods||0.0||-0.5||-0.8||1.3||-1.6|
|Food, beverages and tobacco||0.0||-0.9||-0.1||0.8||0.3|
|Electricity and heating fuels||3.6||-2.8||-4.5||9.6||-0.6|
|Purchases of vehicles and petrol||-1.3||-0.4||-0.9||-0.5||0.5|
The consumption of electricity and heating fuels rose by 3.6 per cent, after a decrease in the two preceding months. This pushed up the consumption of goods by almost 0.3 percentage points. Purchases of vehicles and petrol fell, which pulled down the consumption of goods by 0.2 percentage points.
There was almost no change in the consumption of food and beverages and other goods.
Without adjusting for calendar effects and seasonality, household consumption of goods was 4.6 per cent higher in April 2016 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.