Q. Compared to 12 months ago, are you spending more or less on the following –
|Total spending more||Total spending less||Spending a lot more||Spending a little more||Spending about the same||Spending a little less||Spending a lot less||Don’t know|
|Food and groceries||60%||10%||20%||40%||30%||7%||3%||1%|
|Gas and electricity||70%||9%||36%||34%||20%||5%||4%||1%|
|Telephone and internet services||38%||11%||11%||27%||49%||9%||2%||1%|
|Entertainment such as cinemas and restaurants||20%||39%||5%||15%||38%||20%||19%||3%|
|Retail products such as clothing and electrical goods||20%||38%||5%||15%||41%||22%||16%||1%|
70% say they are spending more on gas and electricity and 60% say they are spending more on food and groceries. But they were more likely to be spending less on entertainment (20% more/39% less) and other retail products (20% more/38% less).
Perceptions of spending on food and groceries is similar across demographic groups. However, older respondents are more likely to say they are spending more on gas and electricity (80% of those aged 55+) and less on entertainment (46% of those aged 55+). For those aged under 35, 28% are spending more on entertainment and 34% less.
There is a similar pattern for spending on retail products – for those aged under 35, 27% are spending more and 32% less while for those aged 55+, 15% are spending more and 44% less.
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