shares of expenditures for selected categories
The bar chart illustrates the amount of money spent on five main items in four different countries including the US, Canada, the UK, and Japan in 2009.
It is clear that while the largest amount of money was spent on Housing in the US, Canada, and the UK, the figure for Food was the highest in Japan. Also, it is notable that the percentage of consumer spending on Healthcare and Clothing was the lowest in the four cities.
As can be seen from the chart, the US expenditure on Housing was the highest with just over 25%, which was substantially higher than Japan's expenditure, at only about 22%. However, the proportion of consumer spending on Food in the US was much lower than the figure for Japan, at approximately 30%. In addition, the US and Japan had the lowest percentage of consumer expenditure on Clothing, at only nearly 5%.
Regarding the expenditures in Canada and the UK, the figure for Housing in the UK stood at nearly 25%, compared with only 21% for Canada. Conversely, the percentage of consumer spending on Transportation and Health care in Canada was much higher, with 20% and nearly 5% respectively. In addition, the UK and Canada spent the lowest amount of money on Clothing, at just over 5%.