September 29, 2011 (The Editor’s Desk is updated each business day.)

Overall consumer expenditures fall in 2010

Average annual consumer expenditures, all consumer units, by major component of spending, 2008–2010
Item 2008 2009 2010

Total

$50,486 $49,067 $48,109

Cash contributions

1,737 1,723 1,633

Apparel and services

1,801 1,725 1,700

Entertainment

2,835 2,693 2,504

Healthcare

2,976 3,126 3,157

All other expenditures

3,376 3,404 3,379

Personal insurance and pensions

5,605 5,471 5,373

Food

6,443 6,372 6,129

Transportation

8,604 7,658 7,677

Housing

17,109 16,895 16,557

These data are featured in the TED article, Overall consumer expenditures fall in 2010.

 

 

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