IELTS Academic Writing Table Sample: Consumer expenditure in five countries

Table IELTS writing

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

Summaries the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where revelant.

The table compares the proportions of expenditure on three categories of consumer goods by people in five countries in the year 2002. The countries include Ireland, Italy, Spain, Sweden, and Turkey.

Overall, food, drinks, and tobacco accounted for the highest portions of the national consumer expenditure in those five countries. The percentages for spending on wearable items were considerably lower in all the countries, but it was the category of leisure and education that came last.

Regarding food, drinks, and tobacco, the proportion of expenditure by the Turks was the highest figure in the table (32.14%), and that of the Irish came second at almost 30%. The Spanish, on the other hand, allocated just under a fifth of their money to edible goods, while the corresponding figures for Italians and the Swedish were at approximately 16%.

In terms of clothing, footwear, leisure, and education, Italians spent 9% of their household budgets on the first two, whereas the figures for people of Ireland, Spain, and Turkey were in the vicinity of 6.5%, and those of the Swedish were reported to be a little lower. As for leisure and education, Turkish people, who allocated approximately 4% of their budget to that category, came first, but the Spanish, with almost 2%, came last. Finally, the corresponding figures for the other three countries were somewhere between those of the Turkish and Spanish.

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