In 2011 the average monthly household consumption expenditure, in current values, was 2,488 Euros (with a +1.4% change in comparison with 2010). Taking into account the sampling error (0.7%) and the dynamics of the imputed rent (+2.1%), the variation corresponds to a stability in real terms, despite the inflation rate (+2.8%).
The median monthly expenditure was 2,078 Euros (+1.9% in comparison with the previous year) and it confirmed the stability observed in average terms.
In comparison with 2010, the average expenditure on food and beverages increased by 2.2% and was equal to 477 Euros per month: in particular were on the rise expenditures for meat, milk, cheese and eggs and for sugar, coffee and other.
The share of total consumption expenditure on food and beverages was the same as in 2010 for the North (16.6%) and the Centre (18.4%), while it continued to increase in the South and the Islands, where it represented more than a quarter of the total expenditure (25.6%).
At the national level a reduction was observed for the share of total consumption expenditures on clothing and footwear (from 5.8% to 5.4%) – in particular in the South and the Islands areas (from 7.5% to 6.6%) – and it corresponds to the overall decrease of the consumption expenditure (from 142 Euros to 134 Euros:
A decrease is also observed for the share of total consumption expenditure on furnishing, equipment and housing services (from 5.4% to 5.1%), on recreation and culture (from 4.4% to 4.2%) and on other goods and services (from 10.3% to 10.2%).
The share of total consumption expenditure devoted to housing increased (from 28.4% to 28.9%), as well as the share devoted to transport (from 13.8% to 14.2%).
Lombardia was the region showing the highest expenditure level (3,033 Euros); at the bottom of the ranking, once again, Sicilia with an average monthly expenditure of 1,637 Euros, that is about 1,400 Euros less than that observed in the region showing the highest levels.