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Ownership of consumer durables increases into 2010

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Percentage of Households with Selected Consumer Durables, 2010, UK

Percentage of Households with Selected Consumer Durables, 2010, UK
Source: Living Costs and Food Survey - Office for National Statistics

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The ownership of consumer durables continued to increase into 2010.

The proportion of households owning a home computer rose from 75 per cent to 77 per cent between 2009 and 2010; up from 72 per cent in 2008. The percentage of households with an Internet connection rose from 71 per cent in 2009 to 73 per cent in 2010.

In the highest income decile group (that is, the top 10 per cent), 98 per cent of households owned a home computer and 97 per cent had an Internet connection in 2010. This compares with 46 per cent of households who owned a home computer and 39 per cent who had an Internet connection in the lowest income decile group (that is, the bottom 10 per cent).

Households with children were more likely to have Internet access at home than those without: 95 per cent of households with two adults and two or more children had Internet access at home, compared with 91 per cent of households with two adults and one child, and 89 per cent of households with two non-retired adults and no children.

Among retired households, 33 per cent had Internet access at home in two-adult households and 16 per cent in one-adult households.

The proportion of households with a satellite, digital or cable receiver increased to 88 per cent in 2010, from 86 per cent in 2009, and from 43 per cent in 2001/02. In the highest income decile group, 93 per cent of households had a satellite receiver compared with 76 per cent in the lowest income decile group.

Mobile phone ownership varies by income group. Only 67 per cent of households in the lowest income decile group reported ownership in 2010, compared with 90 per cent in the highest income decile group.

In 2010 most homes had central heating (96 per cent), a washing machine (96 per cent), a microwave (92 per cent) and a telephone (87 per cent).

Source: Living Costs and Food Survey 

Source: Office for National Statistics

Background notes

  1. Notes:
    The consumer durables covered by the Living Costs and Food Survey are:
    car/van, central heating, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, microwave, telephone, mobile phone, satellite receiver, CD player, DVD player, home computer, Internet connection.
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