France - Household final consumption expenditure, etc. (% of GDP)

Household final consumption expenditure, etc. (% of GDP) in France was 55.31 as of 2016. Its highest value over the past 46 years was 57.01 in 1987, while its lowest value was 53.79 in 1973.

Definition: Household final consumption expenditure (formerly private consumption) is the market value of all goods and services, including durable products (such as cars, washing machines, and home computers), purchased by households. It excludes purchases of dwellings but includes imputed rent for owner-occupied dwellings. It also includes payments and fees to governments to obtain permits and licenses. Here, household consumption expenditure includes the expenditures of nonprofit institutions serving households, even when reported separately by the country. This item also includes any statistical discrepancy in the use of resources relative to the supply of resources.

Source: World Bank national accounts data, and OECD National Accounts data files.

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Year Value
1970 54.58
1971 54.60
1972 54.45
1973 53.79
1974 54.20
1975 54.79
1976 54.82
1977 54.64
1978 54.32
1979 54.52
1980 54.98
1981 56.44
1982 56.70
1983 56.42
1984 56.37
1985 56.89
1986 56.35
1987 57.01
1988 55.96
1989 55.63
1990 55.55
1991 55.42
1992 55.50
1993 55.77
1994 55.43
1995 55.16
1996 55.58
1997 54.62
1998 54.49
1999 54.17
2000 54.44
2001 54.74
2002 54.60
2003 54.89
2004 54.74
2005 55.17
2006 55.08
2007 54.91
2008 55.25
2009 56.19
2010 56.14
2011 55.74
2012 55.67
2013 55.58
2014 55.23
2015 54.98
2016 55.31

Limitations and Exceptions: Because policymakers have tended to focus on fostering the growth of output, and because data on production are easier to collect than data on spending, many countries generate their primary estimate of GDP using the production approach. Moreover, many countries do not estimate all the components of national expenditures but instead derive some of the main aggregates indirectly using GDP (based on the production approach) as the control total. Household final consumption expenditure is often estimated as a residual, by subtracting all other known expenditures from GDP. The resulting aggregate may incorporate fairly large discrepancies. When household consumption is calculated separately, many of the estimates are based on household surveys, which tend to be one-year studies with limited coverage. Thus the estimates quickly become outdated and must be supplemented by estimates using price- and quantity-based statistical procedures. Complicating the issue, in many developing countries the distinction between cash outlays for personal business and those for household use may be blurred. Informal economic activities pose a particular measurement problem, especially in developing countries, where much economic activity is unrecorded. A complete picture of the economy requires estimating household outputs produced for home use, sales in informal markets, barter exchanges, and illicit or deliberately unreported activities. The consistency and completeness of such estimates depend on the skill and methods of the compiling statisticians.

Statistical Concept and Methodology: Gross domestic product (GDP) from the expenditure side is made up of household final consumption expenditure, general government final consumption expenditure, gross capital formation (private and public investment in fixed assets, changes in inventories, and net acquisitions of valuables), and net exports (exports minus imports) of goods and services. Such expenditures are recorded in purchaser prices and include net taxes on products.

Aggregation method: Weighted average

Periodicity: Annual


Topic: Economic Policy & Debt Indicators

Sub-Topic: National accounts