Consumption survey 1999/2000

Main findings

The average monthly consumption expenditure by private households was €2 440. “Living, heating and lighting” made up 23.5%, “Transport” 15.0%, “Food and drink and alcohol-free beverages” 13.2%, “Recreation, leisure time, sports and hobbies” 12.3%, “Furnishing, household equipment” 7.1%, “Clothing and shoes” 6.6%, “Cafés and restaurants” 5.6% and “Alcoholic beverages and tobacco” and “Communication” 2.7% each.

Once standardised by household size and composition, this gives an average monthly equivalent household expenditure of €1 350. This equivalent expenditure was weighted according to the Statistics Austria standard scale: First adult = 1.00; each additional adult = 0.70; child 0-3 = 0.33; child 4-6 = 0.38; child 7-10 = 0.55; child 11-15 = 0.65; child 16-18 = 0.70; child 19-21 = 0.80; child 22-26 = 0.70.

If one compares the results from the individual Bundesländer (federal provinces), Vorarlberg and Upper Austria were the highest with €2 620 and €2 540 respectively, whereas Carinthia and Tyrol with €2 220 and €2 160 had the lowest monthly household expenditure. The equivalent expenditure data enable a direct comparison of the expenditure of households of different sizes on consumer goods. The differences at federal province level are as follows: Vienna comes top with €1 590, followed by Vorarlberg with €1 410. The lowest equivalent expenditure shows Burgenland with €1 190 and Tyrol with €1 160

A comparison of the Consumption Survey 1999/2000 with the 1993/94 survey shows a rise in average monthly household expenditure from €2 260 to €2 440. This corresponds to a nominal increase of 7.6%. If one looks at the equivalence figures, i.e. the value that takes into account the falling (over the long term) size of household and the household structure, there is an increase from €1 180 to €1 350, corresponding to a nominal rise of 14.3%.

Analysis of volume of consumption

The 1999/2000 Consumption Survey investigated the quantities of some items of food and drink consumed in homes. It was found that, each month, an average household consumed almost 10 kilos of meat and sausage, half a kilo of fish, 12 litres of milk, almost 26 kilos of fruit and vegetables, 35 eggs, almost 10 litres of alcoholic beverages and 27 litres of non-alcoholic beverages.

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Results (overview): Monthly expenditures 1999/2000


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