In 2016, the average monthly household consumption expenditure, at current values, was 2,524.38 euros (+1.0% compared to 2015 and +2.2% with respect to 2013, the year with the lowest household consumption expenditure level and the last year of GDP decrease). Even if at a moderate rate, the recovery of household consumption expenditure, started in 2014, strengthened, in a macroeconomic framework characterized by the increase, for the fourth consecutive year, of household disposable income, by a slight increase in consumer households saving rate and by the third year of GDP recovery after two consecutive years of recession.
The average expenditure on food and non-alcoholic beverages was 447.96 euros per month (441.50 euros in 2015). The non-food expenditure increased by 0.9% and was equal to 2,076.41 euros per month.
Compared to 2015, the percentage of households reducing quantity or quality of some goods and services in order to limit
their consumption expenditure continued to decrease: from 53.8% to 47.4% for foodstuff and from 63.2% to 60.2% for clothing and footwear.
In 2016, households in the North area spent for consumption more than households in the South and in the Islands. In particular, the highest expenditure was observed in the North-west (2,839.10 euros per month), about 900 euros more than the average expenditure in the Islands (1,942.28 per month).
In metropolitan areas the average monthly expenditure in 2016 was 2,899.21 euros, about 491 euros more than the average expenditure in small municipalities outside of metropolitan areas (2,407.82 per month).
In comparison with 2015, the average monthly expenditure for households with all non-national members increased by about 50 euros and was equal to 1,582.94 euros per month; it was 1,000 euros lower than the expenditure observed for households with all national members.