Bureau of Labor Statistics

Spending on food in 2002

March 16, 2004

Food expenditures increased 1.0 percent in 2001, with spending on food away from home up 1.8 percent and spending on food at home rising just 0.4 percent.

Percent change in expenditures on food at home and away from home, Consumer Expenditure Survey, 1996-2002
[Chart data—TXT]

The increase in spending on food away from home in 2002 was less than the 4.6-percent rise a year earlier. The rise in spending on food at home was also smaller than the previous year’s increase.

The relatively small rise in food-at-home spending was the result of increases in spending for fruits and vegetables (5.7 percent) and other food at home (1.9 percent) being offset somewhat by decreases in spending for meats, poultry, fish, and eggs (–3.6 percent), dairy products (–1.2 percent), and cereals and bakery products (–0.4 percent).

These data come from the Consumer Expenditure Survey. Find out more in "Consumer Expenditures in 2002," (PDF 94 K), BLS Report 974.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Spending on food in 2002 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2004/mar/wk3/art02.htm (visited December 01, 2021).


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