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Private consumption expenditure of households

Results of the consumption expenditure of households are available from different surveys – the sample survey of income and expenditure (EVS) and the continuous household budget surveys (LWR). With a coverage of some 60,000 households, the EVS is the largest voluntary household survey. It is conducted every five years and, due to its large sample size, it is particularly well suited to represent detailed results for highly different household groups. Methodological notes


Consumption expenditure

Private consumption expenditure of households1
Social status of main income earner in 2017
ExpenditureHouseholds, totalHouseholds, by social status of main income earner
employeesunemployednon-employed persons

1 Excluding households of farmers and self-employed persons as well as households with a monthly net household income of EUR 18,000 and over.

() = Limited informational value because the numerical value based on the number of households (25 to under 100 households) is of limited statistical reliability (relative standard error of 10% to under 20%).

Source: Continuous household budget surveys (household book).

Average per household and month
Private consumption expenditure2,5171002,8931001,2211002,097100
Food, beverages and tobacco34813.839413.623719.428913.8
Clothing and footwear1104.41394.8423.4723.4
Housing, energy, maintenance of the dwelling89735.696933.557647.282939.6
Furnishings, equipment and household maintenance1405.61685.8413.41085.2
Postal communication and telecommunication642.5732.5494.0502.4
Recreation and culture25910.330510.5826.721010.0
Restaurants and hotels1465.81766.1373.01155.5
Miscellaneous goods and services903.61013.5373.1793.8


Consumption expenditure

Sample Survey of Income and Expenditure

Private consumption expenditure of households
Social status of main income earner in 2013



Households, by social status of main income earner
self-employed1employeesunemployednon-employed persons

1 Business people, members of the liberal professions, and farmers.

Source: Sample Survey of Income and Expenditure (household book).

Average per household and month
Private consumption expenditure2,4481003,0961002,7391001,2081002,064100
Food, beverages and tobacco33713.840213.037613.723819.728113.6
Clothing and footwear1194.91645.31505.5484.0753.6
Housing, energy, maintenance of the dwelling84534.51,07434.788032.154645.279138.3
Furnishings, equipment and household maintenance1245.01695.51465.3403.3934.5
Postal communication and telecommunication662.7832.7772.8494.1492.4
Recreation and culture26110.733010.729210.7836.922711.0
Restaurants and hotels1305.31725.61525.6332.71014.9
Miscellaneous goods and services1004.11223.91104.0453.7884.3

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