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  • Release date:
    30 September 2020
  • Next release:
    22 December 2020

About this Dataset

Quarterly and annual data on household expenditure in the UK, current price, not seasonally adjusted. Estimates are consistent with Blue Book 2020.

Edition in this dataset

Current edition of this dataset

Previous versions of this data are available.

Important notes and usage information

Important points

  • In Quarter 2 (Apr to June) 2020, household spending (adjusted for inflation) growth was negative 23.6% compared with Quarter 1 (Jan to Mar) 2020.

  • The largest negative contribution to growth was from restaurants and hotels, which fell by negative 89.4% compared with Quarter 1 2020.

  • The largest positive contribution to growth was from food and non-alcoholic beverages, which increased by positive 3.5% compared with Quarter 1 2020.

Usage information

Since Quarter 1 (Jan to Mar) 2020, estimates of household final consumption expenditure (HHFCE), along with other components of gross domestic product (GDP), have been subject to more uncertainty than usual as a result of the challenges we faced in collecting the data under government-imposed public health restrictions. In the case of HHFCE, these challenges have been compounded by the suspension of data collection for the International Passenger Survey (IPS) on 16 March and the temporary suspension of the Living Costs and Food Survey (LCF) between 16 March and 14 April.

The quarterly consumer trends data are typically published around 90 days after the end of the calendar quarter.

This release contains data that are consistent with the UK National Accounts, the Blue Book: 2020, which will be released on 30 October 2020. As such, data for all periods within this release are subject to revision in line with the National Accounts Revisions Policy.

The Blue Book is the UK’s annual compendium of national accounts data and incorporates a number of improvements to methods and sources into the UK National Accounts.

The reference year and last base year for all chained volume measure estimates is now 2018.

Further information on latest developments and changes implemented in Blue Book 2020 can be found in the article, Latest developments and changes to be implemented in Blue Book and Pink Book 2020.

HHFCE includes spending on goods and services except for: buying or extending a house, investment in valuables (for example, paintings and antiques), or purchasing second-hand goods. Explanations for these exceptions and the related concepts are available in the Consumer trends QMI.

Contact details for this dataset

Vera Ruddock
consumer.trends@ons.gov.uk
+44 (0)1633 455864

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