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September 27, 2012 (The Editor’s Desk is updated each business day.)

Consumer expenditures rise in 2011

12-month percent change in average annual expenditures and Consumer Price Index (CPI-U), all consumers, 2002–2011
Item 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011

Consumer Price Index CPI-U

1.6 2.3 2.7 3.4 3.2 2.8 3.8 -0.4 1.6 3.2

Average annual expenditures per consumer unit, all consumers

2.9 0.3 6.3 6.9 4.3 2.6 1.7 -2.8 -2.0 3.3

Food at home

0.4 1.0 7.0 -1.5 3.6 1.4 8.1 0.2 -3.4 5.9

Food away from home

1.8 -2.9 10.1 8.2 2.3 -1.0 1.1 -2.9 -4.4 4.6

Housing

2.1 1.1 3.6 9.0 7.9 3.4 1.1 -1.3 -2.0 1.5

Apparel and services

0.3 -6.2 10.7 3.9 -0.6 0.4 -4.3 -4.2 -1.4 2.4

Transportation

1.7 0.3 0.3 7.0 2.0 2.9 -1.8 -11.0 0.2 8.0

Health care

7.7 2.8 6.5 3.5 3.8 3.1 4.3 5.0 1.0 4.9

Entertainment

6.5 -0.9 7.7 7.7 -0.5 13.6 5.1 -5.0 -7.0 2.7

Cash contributions

1.5 7.3 2.8 18.1 12.4 -2.6 -4.6 -0.8 -5.2 5.4

Personal insurance and pensions

4.3 4.0 18.9 7.9 1.3 1.3 5.0 -2.4 -1.8 0.9

These data are featured in the TED article, Consumer expenditures rise in 2011.

Shares of average annual expenditures on major spending components, by quintiles of income, 2011
Item Quintile of income
Lowest 20 percent Second 20 percent Third 20 percent Fourth 20 percent Fifth 20 percent

Housing

39.9 37.8 35.2 32.8 31.0

Food

16.1 14.5 13.3 13.0 11.6

Transportation

14.8 16.0 17.9 17.8 16.1

All other expenditures

9.0 6.7 6.0 6.0 7.2

Health care

6.8 8.1 7.8 7.0 5.4

Entertainment

4.5 5.1 5.0 5.4 5.3

Apparel and Services

3.9 3.6 3.4 3.5 3.5

Cash contributions

3.1 2.9 3.1 3.3 4.0

Personal insurance and pensions

1.9 5.3 8.3 11.2 15.9

These data are featured in the TED article, Consumer expenditures rise in 2011.

 

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