Average weekly household expenditure on main commodities and services, 2004-05, UK
UK households spent an average of £434 per week in 2004-05. Transport was the highest category of spending, with an average spend of £60 a week. This included £25.10 on buying vehicles, £26.40 on the operation of personal transport (such as petrol, diesel, repairs and servicing) and £8.10 on transport services such as rail, tube and bus fares.
The second highest category was spending on recreation and culture, at £59 a week. This includes TVs, computers, newspapers, books, leisure activities and package holidays. On average, £12.10 per week was spent on package holidays abroad, compared to 90p per week on package holidays in the UK.
Food and non-alcoholic drink purchases contributed £45 to weekly household expenditure - £10.20 of which went on meat, £3.20 on fresh vegetables and £2.60 on fresh fruit. Non-alcoholic drinks accounted for £3.80 and £2 was spent on chocolate and confectionery each week.
Average weekly household expenditure was highest among households consisting of three or more adults and children, £686 a week. The lowest expenditure was reported among one person retired households who were mainly dependent on the state pension, £133.40. Households with two adults and two children spent an average of £624 a week.
Expenditure also varies with the age of the household reference person. Those households where the reference person was aged 30 to 49 spent the most, on average, at £537 a week. Those where the reference person was aged 75 had the lowest average household expenditure, £193 per week.
Averaged over the three years from 2002-03 to 2004-05, households in the UK spent £420 per week. Expenditure varied from £484 a week in London (15% more than the UK average) to £346 a week in the North East. London, the South East and the East of England were the only regions in which the average expenditure was higher than the UK average. Spending in the North East was 18 per cent lower than the UK average.
Source: Expenditure and Food Survey, Office for National Statistics
Notes: All amounts are rounded to the nearest 10p.