Consumer Expenditure Survey (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)  Consumer Expenditure Survey (CE) provides information on the buying habits of American consumers.  Many private data providers rely on the CES as the basis for their projections.

Reported annually, the CES includes spending on a wide variety of consumer goods and services ( i.e. food, clothing, household goods, automobiles). Broad expenditure categories are subdivided (i.e. food  at home and food away from home). Food at home is further subdivided into meat, pork, chicken, fish and seafood. The data is available for several demographic categories (i.e. age, income, race, size of the consumer unit).

The data includes expenditures, income, and the demographic characteristics of the consumer units.  Historical data,  regional data, and some cross-tabs are also available online.

Click here for an example of the 2009 CES.

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