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 2020 2021 Share in %
Total 345 668 352 352 100.0
Food and non-alcoholic beverages 34 394 34 900 9.9
Alcoholic beverages, tobacco and narcotics 13 650 14 126 4.0
Clothing and footwear 8 184 8 233 2.3
Housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels 92 665 95 420 27.1
Furnishings, household equipment and routine household maintenance 12 566 12 864 3.7
Health 58 640 61 260 17.4
Transport, Communication 39 556 40 872 11.6
Recreation and culture, Education 24 612 24 544 7.0
Restaurants and hotels 21 868 20 818 5.9
Miscellaneous goods and services 39 534 39 314 11.2
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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