The charts below show household spending patterns in two countries between 1980 and 2008. Summarize the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.
The rendered bar charts compare expenditure behaviour of household for different activities in the UK and New Zealand for the years 1980 and 2008.
Overall, at the beginning of the period, other activities contributed the least to the households spending patterns for both countries. At the same time, leisure was the largest part in UK and food and drank made up the highest contribution in New Zealand. In comparison, at the end of the period, UK households spent most on leisure and New Zealand citizens spent a great portion on utility bills. The lowest expenditure was made for other services in both nations.
In the UK, 27% of households spent on leisure activity and experienced a 7% increase to 34% in 2008. Money spent on utility bills was 26%, by UK citizens in the year 1980 and had a slight growth of 2% in 2008. In 1980, people contributed 9% of income to other activities from both countries, and a similar rise of 25% was reported in 2008. A noticeable fall accounted for food and drank with 10%, from 23% in 1980 to 13% in 2008 for the UK.
Food and drink accounted for 29% in 1980 and fell by 4%, which comprised a quarter of spending amount in 2008, for New Zealand. In 1980, leisure and transport made up 18% and 17% of total spending respectively, and these figures decreased with similar growth by 1%, in 2008 for New Zealand. Expenditure for utility bills was 27% in 1980 and had a minimal growth of 4% in 2008 in New Zealand.
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