Analysis of data from the Living Costs and Food Survey (LCF) has revealed that weekly household spending was highest in the south of England and Northern Ireland.
Households in the South West, South East, London, East of England and Northern Ireland all spent more each week than the average UK household, which spent £470.70. With the exception of Northern Ireland, these areas also had the highest levels of weekly disposable income. Households in Northern Ireland spent more than the UK average despite having a lower disposable income.
Households in the North East spent the least out of all the regions and countries within the UK (£384.20) and this was £86.50 lower than the weekly UK average. Households in Wales spent the second lowest out of all the regions and countries (£398.20), which was £72.50 lower than the UK average.
The map below shows the difference between total weekly household expenditure (by country and region) and the average total weekly expenditure of households in the UK (£470.70).
Difference between total weekly household expenditure of countries and English regions and the United Kingdom average, 2009-11
The Office for National Statistics has written an article looking at the regional patterns of household spending as part of the annual Family Spending Review for 2012. The article examines weekly household spending in each region and country of the UK and also explores patterns in a range of spending categories.
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