How do U.S. expenditures compare with those of other countries?


In Japan, consumers spent more than 17% of every yen on groceries, twice the 8.6% of every dollar that Americans spent. In the United States, households spent over 7 cents of every dollar on health care, compared with just 1.4 pence of every pound in the United Kingdom. This article compares how consumers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Japan allocated different shares of total spending to categories such as food, housing, and transportation in 2009.

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