November 26, 2008
Average annual expenditures per consumer unit, which is similar to a household, rose 2.6 percent in 2007 following an increase of 4.3 percent in 2006. Spending kept pace with inflation in 2007 as the increase in expenditures from 2006 to 2007 was close to the 2.8 percent rise in the annual average Consumer Price Index (CPI-U) over this period.
Moderate increases in spending on housing (3.4 percent), transportation (2.9 percent), and food (0.4 percent), the three largest components of spending, contributed to the small overall increase in 2007. Among the other major components, spending increased for personal insurance and pensions (1.3 percent), health care (3.1 percent), entertainment (13.6 percent), and apparel and services (0.4 percent).
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Editor's Desk, Consumer expenditures in 2007 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2008/nov/wk4/art03.htm (visited December 19, 2013).
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