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Spending habits of Australian households: ABS
 

Capital cities - average weekly household expenditure - selected categories
Statistically significant differences between 1998-99 and 2003-04

Figures expressed as %


Syd.
Melb.
Bris.
Adel.
Perth
Hobart
Darwin
Canb.
All

Current housing costs
Rent
32
24
32
40
28
Interest component of mortgage repayments
63
44
37
67
79
63
55
Domestic fuel and power
Electricity
20
34
37
51
26
40
31
38
31
Food and non-alcoholic beverages
Bread
13
17
6
Fresh milk
-11
-17
-6
Sugar
-23
-24
-17
Tea
Coffee
-25
-9
Vegetables
18
18
23
31
27
23
33
21
Meat
31
19
23
34
40
37
24
27
Fish/seafood
40
55
66
28
Takeaway meals/fast food
26
12
23
23
42
20
Alcoholic beverages
Beer
42
Wine
73
19
Tobacco products
Cigarettes
Clothing and footwear
Men's clothing
Women's clothing
Household furnishings/equipment
Household appliances
Household services/operation
Telephone, fixed line
13
8
16
22
22
11
Telephone, mobile
142
209
118
172
242
349
102
139
169
Child care
91
38
Medical care/health expenses
Health/accident insurance
42
28
50
43
56
84
33
Health practitioners' fees
51
36
120
100
45
Transport
Motor vehicle purchase
97
Petrol
31
18
42
37
21
25
38
28
27
Public transport
36
22
Recreation
Internet
218
707
146
217
179
232
Pay TV
323
313
192
493
417
224
593
650
317
Newspapers
51
Personal care
Toiletries/cosmetics
29
14
Miscellaneous goods and services
Primary/secondary education fees
31
Higher education fees
144
63
Total goods and services
27
21
23
38
27
35
19
22
26

Differences have only been shown where they are statistically significant.



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