EU: Portugal tops list of food and drink spending in European Union

By Keith Nuthall | 12 September 2003

The Portuguese are the European Union's keenest purchasers of food and soft drinks, considering annual household spending, according to European Union statistical agency Eurostat.

Portugal's consumers devoted 18.5% of their spending on food and non-alcoholic drinks in 2001 and 2000 - the latest available comparative statistics.

Second were the Greeks - 16.9%, and Spain third - 15.2%, reflecting common patterns about poorer countries spending comparatively more on food.

Among richer EU countries the highest spenders were the French and Italians at 14.4%. Across the EU, the lowest spending country was Britain - 9.7%, with Ireland second lowest at 10.7%.

Other results were Belgium 13%, Denmark 12.9%, Finland and Sweden 12.8%, Austria 12.6%, Germany 12.3% and the Netherlands 11.6%.

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I think this type of reporting, i.e. using % as the base, without providing the numbers from which the percentages are derived, is misleading to some, and non-informative to others. It is a waste of time to read this type article, as it only raises other questions. It would be preferred to have read data in an article, i.e. the per household or per capita food and beverage spend.


colette said at 11:08 am, September 15, 2003

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