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 2019 2020 Share in %
Total 359 995 342 700 100.0
Food and non-alcoholic beverages 32 454 34 394 10.0
Alcoholic beverages, tobacco and narcotics 13 051 13 762 4.0
Clothing and footwear 9 451 8 184 2.4
Housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels 91 621 92 019 26.9
Furnishings, household equipment and routine household maintenance 13 082 12 566 3.7
Health 58 886 56 076 16.4
Transport, Communication 43 271 39 311 11.5
Recreation and culture, Education 28 416 24 967 7.3
Restaurants and hotels 30 011 21 894 6.4
Miscellaneous goods and services 39 752 39 527 11.5
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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