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Release: Family Spending, 2012 Edition

Released: 04 December 2012


Giles Horsfield

Social Surveys Division

Telephone: +44 (0)1633 455678

Categories: Economy, Personal Finances, Consumers and Customers, Personal Expenditure, People and Places, Housing and Households, Households, Household Income and Expenditure

Frequency of release: Annually

Language: English

Geographical coverage: UK

Geographical breakdown: Region

Survey name(s): Living Costs and Food Survey

  • UK households spent an average of £484 a week in 2011.

  • The largest expenditure categories were transport, recreation and culture, and housing (excluding mortgages) fuel and power.

  • There were five regions in which expenditure over the period 2009-2011 was higher than the UK average: London, South East, East, Northern Ireland and South West.

  • Ownership of consumer durables, including home computers, continued to rise in 2011.

Family Spending - 2012, Chapter 5 : This article presents commentary on weekly household expenditure, focusing on English regions and constituent countries of the UK.

Results of the Living Costs and Food Survey (formerly the Expenditure and Food Survey), successor to the Family Expenditure Survey (FES) and the National Food Survey (NFS).

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