Family spending progress slows

The expansion in family spending has slowed in current months following pressures in cost-of-living bills, which have brought on households to tighten their spending, in keeping with Robert Ewing (pictured), the top of enterprise statistics on the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

In a press launch detailing the figures launched by ABS in its Month-to-month Family Spending Indicator October 2023, a report that captured the fee for items and providers by Australian households, it was discovered that family spending was 2.7% increased than it was a yr in the past.

“The two.7% improve within the yr to October follows a downward sample after spending rose 5.2% within the yr to August, and 4.3% within the yr to September,” mentioned Ewing.

With much less spending on discretionary providers corresponding to consuming out, lodging, recreation and cultural providers, discretionary spending declined by 2% whereas non-discretionary spending elevated by 7% compared to October 2022.

The rise in family spending was brought on by will increase in transport (+13%), well being (+10.8%), and alcoholic drinks and tobacco (+7.1%) spendings.

In comparison with the identical time final yr, all states and territories noticed an increase in family spending. Western Australia noticed the biggest improve with 6.9%, adopted by the Australian Capital Territory with 5.5% and South Australia with 4.3%.

The Northern Territory was the one state or territory to have recorded a better spending progress fee, whereas the Australian Capital Territory had the biggest decline in progress because it dropped from 7.8% in September.

The Month-to-month Family Spending Indicator is produced utilizing aggregated and de-identified card and financial institution transactions that got here from banking and monetary establishments. It included 9 of the 13 key divisions categorized in keeping with the Classification of Particular person Consumption by Function.


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