Candles: per capita consumption in the European Union 2011-2018

In 2018, citizens in the European Union used an average of 1.44 kilograms of candles per head, representing a percentage decrease of 7 percent on the previous year. Per capita consumption of candles included both those produced within and outside the EU, and the domestic production volume of candles showed a similar downward trend in 2018. Estimated results showed that it fell to 738 thousand tons from the previous year's 790 thousand tons.

Consumers love scented candles

Candles, particularly scented candles, are favored items by EU consumers and fulfill more functions than mere decoration. In Great Britain, more than 8 million people used scented candles as air fresheners. Similarly, close to 5 million French consumers used scented candles as air fresheners in 2018.

Candle trade

Over the past decade, increasing volumes of candles were imported into EU countries. In contrast, EU exports of candles went down in volume. The most recent numbers showed that 59 thousand tons of candles left the EU for its various trading partners in 2017.

Per capita consumption of candles in the European Union (EU 28) from 2011 to 2018

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Release date

January 2020



Survey time period

2011 to 2018

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