The table below gives information on consumer spending on different items in five different countries in 2002.
Summarize the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.
Percentage of national consumer expenditure by category – 2002
The table shows consumer expenditure by category in Ireland, Italy, Spain, Sweden and Turkey in 2002.
Overall, all five countries spent the most on food, drinks and tobacco, and the least on leisure and education.
Food, drinks and tobacco accounted for the greatest proportions of consumer spending in all five countries, with Turkey (32.14%) and Ireland (28.91%) spending significantly more on these items than the other three countries (18.80% in Spain, 16.36% in Italy and 15.77% in Sweden).
Consumers in Italy, who spent 9.00% of their expenditure on clothing and footwear, were the biggest spenders on them. Expenditures in this category for the other four countries ranged from 5.40% to 6.63%.
Leisure and education were the smallest expenditure for all these countries. Even in Turkey where the spending was greatest, the figure was only 4.35%. Spain was the lowest-spending country in this category, at 1.98%. (155 words)
Note in the sentence below, “greatest” instead of “the greatest” is used. I asked two native speakers and neither of them was able to explain why “the” is not needed. I guess we just have to memorize it.
Even in Turkey where the spending was greatest, the figure was only 4.35%. Spain was the lowest-spending country in this category, at 1.98%.
There is a quote from BBC. Hope that you guys can find the pattern.
The unemployment rate was highest in the North East, at 11.6% and lowest in the South East at 6.3%. (Source: BBC)