Consumer expenditures in 2003

December 01, 2004

At $40,817, average annual expenditures per consumer unit were essentially unchanged in 2003, up 0.3 percent. This followed increases of 2.9 percent in 2002 and 3.9 percent in 2001.

Percent change in average annual expenditures of all consumer units, 2001-03
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Among the major components of spending, the only statistically significant change from 2002 to 2003 was a 6.2-percent decrease in spending on apparel and services. Average expenditures on food and entertainment decreased over the period, 0.7 and 0.9 percent respectively, whereas housing rose 1.1 percent, transportation rose 0.3 percent, and health care rose 2.8 percent.

Whereas expenditures showed little change from 2002 to 2003, there was a 2.3 percent annual average rise in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) over this period.

These data come from the Consumer Expenditure Survey. Find out more in "Consumer Expenditures in 2003" (PDF) (TXT), USDL release 04-2399, and in


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Consumer expenditures in 2003 on the Internet at (visited October 01, 2016).


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