Investment, consumption expenditure

Consumption expenditure of private households

The consumption expenditure of private households is organised according to the functions from the UN's COICOP classification (Classification of Individual Consumption According to Purpose), making international comparisons possible.

Households final national consumption expenditure, in millions of Swiss francs, at current prices
Consumption by purpose 2018 2019 Share in %
Total 356 947 360 330 100.0
Food and non-alcoholic beverages 31 937 32 530 9.0
Alcoholic beverages, tobacco and narcotics 12 880 13 047 3.6
Clothing and footwear 9 527 9 455 2.6
Housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels 90 042 91 658 25.4
Furnishings, household equipment and routine household maintenance 12 965 13 081 3.6
Health 57 430 58 896 16.3
Transport, Communication 42 704 43 347 12.0
Recreation and culture, Education 28 531 28 425 7.9
Restaurants and hotels 29 252 30 023 8.3
Miscellaneous goods and services 41 680 39 870 11.1
Source : Swiss Federal Statistical Office, National Accounts

Gross fixed capital formation

Gross fixed capital formation is measured by the value of a producer's acquisitions less disposals of fixed assets, i.e. assets which are likely to be employed over several years in production. Such assets include:

  • equipment,
  • construction and civil engineering,
  • computer programs and databases,
  • research and development.  

These categories have in common their contribution to future production. They are an important determining factor in competitiveness, future economic growth and therefore, in the long term, in the creation of material prosperity.

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