Spending on food in 2004
May 16, 2006
Spending increases in 2004 on both food at home (7.0 percent) and food away from home (10.1 percent) were larger than they had been in several years, contributing to the 8.3-percent increase in overall food spending.
The increase in average annual expenditures on food in 2004 followed a slight decrease (–0.7 percent) in 2003 and a 1.0-percent increase in 2002.
The increase in spending on food at home in 2004 was spread across the major food components, with the following significant increases: meats, poultry, fish, and eggs, 6.7 percent; dairy products, 13.1 percent; fruits and vegetables, 4.9 percent; and other food at home, 7.6 percent.
Spending on food away from home, which includes items such as restaurant meals, catered affairs, and food on out-of-town trips, rose 10 percent or more in the Northeast (12.2 percent), Midwest (10.0 percent), and South (12.0 percent), but less in the West (5.8 percent).
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Spending on food in 2004 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2006/may/wk3/art02.htm (visited January 17, 2017).
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