Madrid.—The average household spend stood at 29'782 euros in Spain last year, a 2.1 percent downturn on figures for 2009, a government Enquiry into Family Budgets (EPF) reported yesterday.

Commissioned by the National Institute for Statistics (INE), the survey also revealed that the annual individual spend of 11'161 euros last year was 1.8 percent less than in 2009.

According to the INE, Spanish households spent an average of 8'935 euros out of their total budget on items or supplies related to the home, around 30 percent of the annual spend.

The proportion of the total budget which is spent on the home has been growing steadily in percentage terms since 2006. Items which fall under “spending on the home” include property rent, gas, electricity and water bills, community charges, repairs, and heating. Spending which rose the most in Spanish households last year was on education - school books, educational material, equipment - up by 9.6 percent compared to 2010. People spent an extra 1.3% on alcoholic drinks and cigarettes than they did in 2009, and 1.6% more on transport.

But in all other categories, Spanish households spent less in 2010 than they did in 2009 including 4.7% less on hotels, cafés and restaurants; -4.2% on shoes and clothing; -3.7% on entertainment and leisure; -2.4% on health issues; -1.7% on food and non-alcoholic drinks.

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