The average annual consumer expenditure of Catalan households totalled 31,619 euros per household in 2017, an increase of 3.9% in comparison with the previous year, according to the Statistics on Household Consumer Expenditures. The total expenditure of households in Catalonia in 2017 was 94,648 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 14,526 euros in 2017, 5.9% more than in the previous year. Moreover, average expenditure on essential goods totalled 17,093 euros per household, a 2.2% annual increase.
Home-related expenditure remained the main component of household expenditure (30.5% of the total), followed by food (14.3%) and transport (12.6%). Transport was precisely one of the components of the expenditure which increased most in 2017 (by 9.5%), and it was only exceeded by the rise in expenditure on restaurants and hotels (11.5%). The increase in expenditure on communication (8.5%) should also be highlighted.
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. Till the year 2015, these agregates have been constructed in accordance with the Classification of Individual Consumption by Purpose adapted to the needs of Household Budget Surveys (COICOP-HBS), while from 2016 on it is being used the new european consumption classification, named ECOICOP (European Classification of Individual Consumption by Purpose). Idescat makes a detailed annual exploitation of the results for Catalonia.