The average annual consumer expenditure of Catalan households totalled 30,446 euros per household in 2016, an increase of 0.7% in comparison with the previous year, according to the Statistics on Household Consumer Expenditures. This was the third consecutive year in which consumption increased, following the downturn caused by the economic crisis in 2008. In 2016 the total cost of households in Catalonia was 90.344 million euros.
The increase in the average annual consumer expenditure of households can chiefly be explained by the average expenditure on non-essential goods, which stood at 13,714 euros. Moreover, average expenditure on essential goods totalled 16,732 euros per household.
Within essential goods, expenses related to the home are particularly noteworthy, with an annual average of 9,331 euros per household. Of this number, 6,058 euros correspond to the real and imputed rent of the main housing and 2,021 to energy supplies.
The Statistics on Household Consumer Expenditures are drawn up on the basis of the continuous Family Budget Survey, which are statistical samples drawn up on an annual basis by the INE. Its main objective is to produce statistical information on the size, structure and distribution of consumer expenditure by households classified in accordance with the COICOP/HBS (Classification of Individual Consumption by Purpose adapted to the needs of Household Budget Surveys). Idescat makes a detailed annual exploitation of the results for Catalonia.