The table below gives information on consumer spending on different items in
five different countries in 2002.
The table shows percentages of consumer expenditure for three categories of
products and services in five countries in 2002.
It is clear that the largest proportion of consumer spending in each country
went on food, drinks and tobacco. On the other hand, the leisure/education
category has the lowest percentages in the table.
Out of the five countries, consumer spending on food, drinks and tobacco was
noticeably higher in Turkey, at 32.14%, and Ireland, at nearly 29%. The
proportion of spending on leisure and education was also highest in Turkey, at
4.35%, while expenditure on clothing and footwear was significantly higher in
Italy, at 9%, than in any of the other countries.
It can be seen that Sweden had the lowest percentages of national consumer
expenditure for food/drinks/tobacco and for clothing/footwear, at nearly 16% and
just over 5% respectively. Spain had slightly higher figures for these
categories, but the lowest figure for leisure/education, at only 1.98%.(155)