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Expenditure of households by consumption purpose- A quarter of household expenditure allocated to housing- Growing weight over last ten years

Brussels, 29 November 2016

In 2015, households in the European Union (EU) devoted nearly a quarter of their total consumption expenditure to "housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels". This represents a total spending of almost €2 000 bn (equivalent to 13.4% of EU GDP) and is by far the most significant expenditure of EU households. This is also the expenditure item whose share increased the most significantly over the last decade, from 22.5% of total household expenditure in 2005 to 24.4% in 2015 (or +1.9 percentage points). Similar trends can be observed in an overwhelming majority of the EU Member States, albeit to different extents.

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