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October 6, 2011 (The Editor’s Desk is updated each business day.)

Consumer spending patterns, 2008–2010

Average annual consumer expenditures for selected components, 2008–2010
Component 2008 2009 2010

Mortgage interest and charges

$3,826 $3,594 $3,351


2,976 3,126 3,157

Food away from home

2,698 2,619 2,505

Gasoline and motor oil

2,715 1,986 2,132

Cash contributions

1,737 1,723 1,633

These data are featured in the TED article, Consumer spending patterns, 2008–2010.



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