The bar chart compares the proportion of consumption spending in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Japan for food, housing, transportation, health care and clothing during 2009. Overall, it can obviously be seen that the United States were the higher shares of total expenditure for housing and health care category than Canada, The United Kingdom, and Japan, while it had the lowest in clothing share. Canada had the highest in transportation and clothing expense. However, the highest consumption for food among the countries compared is in Japan.
According to the data, with the exception of Japan, housing expenditure share was the largest expenditure categories in all countries in which The US, The UK, Japan, and Canada had 26%, 24%, 22%, and 21% respectively.
In addition, Canada spent more money for transportation than other three countries at 20%. The US and UK followed with 17% and 15% respectively. Japan, the lowest, only had 10%.
Moreover, consumers in Japan spent 23% of the total expenditure on food which followed by The UK, the second-highest share at 20%. Canada and The US had a slight difference whereas Canada with 15% and the US with 14%.