Consumer expenditures in 2006

October 29, 2007

Average annual expenditures per consumer unit, which is similar to a household, rose 4.3 percent in 2006, following an increase of 6.9 percent in 2005.

Percent change in average annual expenditures of all consumer units, 2003-2006
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The increase in expenditures from 2005 to 2006 was larger than the 3.2-percent rise in the annual average Consumer Price Index (CPI) over this period.

Increases in spending on housing (7.9 percent), the largest component of spending, and on food (3.0 percent), contributed to the overall increase in 2006. Among the other major components, spending increased for healthcare (3.8 percent), transportation (2.0 percent), and personal insurance and pensions (1.3 percent), while spending decreased for apparel and services (-0.6 percent) and entertainment (-0.5 percent).

These data come from the Consumer Expenditure Survey. Find out more in "Consumer Expenditures in 2006," news release 07-1644.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Editor's Desk, Consumer expenditures in 2006 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2007/oct/wk5/art01.htm (visited July 29, 2014).

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