Task 1 (Table) – Consumer spending on different items in five different countries

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The table below gives information on consumer spending on different items in five different countries in 2002.

Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

Write at least 150 words.
 

Percentage of national consumer expenditure by category – 2002

Sample Answer 1:

The given data represents the amount spent by consumers in Ireland, Italy, Spain, Sweden and Turkey in three categories in the year 2002. As is presented in the table data, People of those countries spent more on foods and tobaccos than they did for dresses, education and entertainments.

According to the given data, Turk people spent the highest percentage of foods and tobaccos amounting one-third of their total expenses on consumer products. Irish people spent more than 28% on this category while people of Italy, Spain and Sweden spent just over 15% for foods and tobaccos. For clothing and footwear, the people of these five countries spent around 5% to 9% of which Italian spent the highest percentage (9%).

Interestingly the expenditure in leisure activities and education was much less than the amount spent on food, tobacco and dresses. The highest amount spent on education and entertainment was done by Turkish people (4.35%) and the least amount spent by was in Spain (1.98%). No nation among the given five spent more than 5% in education and leisure activities according to the given data. 

Sample Answer 2:

The given table represents amount spent by consumers in five different countries on different categories of items in the year 2002. As is presented in chart people of Ireland, Italy, Spain, Sweden and finally Turkey consumed specific amount on different items respectively as mentioned different items like food and tobacco whereas clothing and footwear and finally leisure and education.

Let’s analyse the data given table in detail. As is observed, Turkey consumed excessive amount on food and tobacco which constitutes the highest percentage of 32.14%.Whereas Ireland was the second top country which consumed significant high amount on food and tobacco (28.9%) while Italy, Spain and Sweden spent higher than 15% respectively. On the other hand, all countries consumed fewer amounts on clothing and footwear. As is observed, 9% was the highest amount consumed on clothes & footwear by Italy consumers whereas Ireland, Spain, Sweden and finally Turkey expenditures were less than 5%.

Interestingly Turkey gave priority to leisure and education and spent significantly higher (4.35%) while at the same time Irish did not take interest in leisure and education and spent only 2.21%.

In conclusion, Turkey gave priority to food and tobacco whereas Italy spent a substantial amount on clothing and footwear and lastly Turkish gave priority to education and leisure and spent 4.35%.

[ Written by – Faisal Ali ]

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