The table below gives information on consumer spending on different items in five different countries in 2002.
Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.
Sample answer 1
The table shows five different countries’ consumer spending on three types of consumer goods in 2002.
Overall, food, drink and tobacco accounted for the highest proportion of spending in all countries, with people in Ireland and Turkey spending the most on this sector, while spending on both the clothing and the leisure and education sectors was lower.
With regard to the food and drinks, including tobacco products, both the Irish and Turks spend around 30% of their national expenditure on these products, while the figures in Italy, Spain, and Sweden stood at between 15% and 19%.
The next most important sector was clothing and footwear, which accounted for just under 10% of Italian spending and about 6% in the other countries cited.
Turkish people spent the most on leisure and education, at just under 5%, which was higher than in Sweden and Italy, where the figure was closer to 3%. Finally, Spaniards and the Irish allocated only 2% and 2.2% of their respective expenditure to this sector.
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Sample answer 2
The table shows percentages of consumer expenditure for three categories of products and services in five countries in 2002.
It is clear that the largest proportion of consumer spending in each country went on food, drinks and tobacco. On the other hand, the leisure/education category has the lowest percentages in the table.
Out of the five countries, consumer spending on food, drinks and tobacco was noticeably higher in Turkey, at 32.14%, and Ireland, at nearly 29%. The proportion of spending on leisure and education was also highest in Turkey, at 4.35%, while expenditure on clothing and footwear was significantly higher in Italy, at 9%, than in any of the other countries.
It can be seen that Sweden had the lowest percentages of national consumer expenditure for food/drinks/tobacco and for clothing/footwear, at nearly 16% and just over 5% respectively. Spain had slightly higher figures for these categories, but the lowest figure for leisure/education, at only 1.98%.
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