In 2014, the average monthly household consumption expenditure, at current values, was 2,488.50 euros. Taking into account the sampling error (0.5%) and the inflation rate dynamics (+0.2%), the expenditure was stable in real terms.
In comparison with 2013, the average expenditure on food and beverages is basically stable (436.06 euros per month) even if a decrease is observed for meat expenditure (from 99.64 in 2013 to 97.20 euros in 2014), oils and fats (from 15.16 to 13.79 euros) and non-alcoholic beverages (from 20.61 to 19.66 euros), whereas the expenditure on food products n.e.c. increased (from 9.52 to 10.50 euros).
The percentage of households reducing foodstuff quantity or quality decreased (from 62% in 2013 to 59% in 2014), especially in the Centre and in the North areas; the percentage of households buying food and beverages in hard discounts (13%) was stable but increased in the South and in the Islands. Non-food expenditure was stable (2,052.44 euros): a decrease is observed for expenditures on communication and restaurants and hotels, whereas expenditures on clothing and footwear, furnishings, household equipment and routine maintenance of the house, health, education and personal care and effects increased.
In 2014, young couples (i.e., couples with reference person under 35), taking into account also the household size, showed the lowest household consumption expenditure level, for the first time lower (about 100 euros) than that of couples with reference person 65 and over. Average monthly expenditure for households with all non-national members was 1,644.72 euros, about 900 euros lower than expenditure observed for households with all national members.
In metropolitan areas, where average monthly expenditure was 2,723.92 euros (2,409.96 euros in small municipalities), the shares of total consumption expenditure on housing (as a consequence of rents and imputed rentals high levels), recreation and culture and restaurants and hotels were the highest.