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Household Spending Information Due for Release

Household Spending Information Due for Release

Background for Media

Data from the Household Economic Survey (HES) will be released by Statistics New Zealand on Thursday, 25 November 2004 at 10:45am.

The HES is conducted every three years and provides comprehensive information about household income and expenditure, as well as a range of household characteristics. During the period from July 2003 to June 2004, the HES collected information from nearly 3,000 private households.

Information collected by the survey includes:

- what households spend their money on - for example, the proportion spent on food, housing, household operation, clothing and transport

- average weekly spending over a range of different households

- changes in spending patterns since the last survey data was released in October 2001

- income according to age, sex and ethnic group

- the availability of selected amenities - for example, the proportion of households that have

- access to cellphones - by different levels of household income.

For more information about the HES, go to

Brian Pink
Government Statistician

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