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					26.07.07


                               Household Budget Survey 2004-2005
                                      Preliminary Results
                                            Introduction
 The Central Statistics Office today published the preliminary results of the 2004-2005 Household
    Budget Survey (HBS) which was undertaken between October 2004 and December 2005.
The main purpose of the HBS is to determine in detail the current pattern of household expenditure
 (e.g. average household spend on Food, Drink & Tobacco, Transport etc.) and this information is
 also used to update the weighting basis of the Consumer Price Index. Detailed information is also
collected on all sources of household income and on a range of household facilities (e.g. percentage
     of households with Washing Machines, Dishwashers, Televisions, Internet Access etc.).
Surveys have been carried out periodically in Ireland since 1951 with the previous survey being for
         1999-2000. In all, 6,884 households co-operated with the 2004-2005 Survey.


                                       Principal Features
                                                   Household Expenditure
                    Average Household Expenditure just over €788 per week
   The estimated average weekly expenditure in 2004-2005 for all households in the State was
  €788.25. This was over 36% higher than the €577.72 recorded for the previous survey in 1999-
 2000. The corresponding increase in retail price levels, as recorded by the Consumer Price Index,
 was 15.7%. As a result, there was a real increase of approximately 21% in the volume of average
                        household consumption over this five-year period.
  Table A shows that the highest increase in expenditure as a proportion of total expenditure was
recorded for Housing (69.7%) and Services & Other Expenditure (55.4%), while the lowest was for
                                      Drink & Tobacco at 7%.
Other notable features were that the proportion spent on Food fell from 20.4% to 18.1% and that of
 Transport fell from 16.4% to 15.7%. On the other hand, the proportion spent on Services & Other
      Expenditure increased from 25.7% to 29.3% and Housing was up from 9.6% to 11.9%.
        Table A Average weekly household expenditure 1999-2000 and 2004-2005

                           1999-2000                 2004-2005                    % Change

   Commodity
     Groups                €          %             €              %                  %



       Food              117.67      20.4         142.74          18.1              +21.3



Alcoholic drink and
     tobacco              44.10       7.6         47.18           6.0                +7.0



   Clothing and
     footwear             35.11       6.1         42.67           5.4               +21.5



   Fuel and light         21.68       3.7         30.65           3.9               +41.4
          Housing          55.41           9.6             94.01         11.9             +69.7



   Household non-
      durables             14.41           2.5             17.39         2.2              +20.7



  Household durables       26.86           4.6             35.55         4.5              +32.4



    Miscellaneous
        goods              19.08           3.4             23.78         3.0              +24.6



      Transport            94.92           16.4            123.45        15.7             +30.1



  Services and other
     expenditure           148.48          25.7            230.77        29.3             +55.4



           Total          577.72           100         788.25            100              +36.4




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                                            Household Income
                 Average gross household income almost €1,000 per week
  The average Gross Weekly Household Income for the State in 2004-2005 was €989.53, which was
   48.4% higher than the €666.72 recorded five years earlier. Total Direct Income, rising by 47.4%
                    from €585.41 to €863.18, accounted for most of this increase.
  State Transfer Payments increased by 55.4% from €81.32 to €126.35 and accounted for 12.7% of
     Gross Income, which was just marginally higher than the 12.2% recorded five years earlier.
     Total Direct Taxation incurred by the average household increased by 28.1% over the period
  reflecting the overall increase in Direct Income. However, Direct Taxation in 2004-2005 accounted
           for just over 17% of Direct Income compared with almost 20% five years earlier.
    Disposable Income, which is arrived at after the deduction of Income Tax and Social Insurance,
    increased by almost 53% from €551.60 to €842.06 and now represents just over 85% of Gross
                     Income for all households in the State (See Table B below).

    Table B Average weekly houshold income and taxation by area, 1999-2000 and 2004-
                                                     2005


                        Urban                                 Rural                        State


             1999/     2004/       %              1999/      2004/       %       1999/    2004/       %
             2000      2005     increase          2000       2005     increase   2000     2005     increase
               €         €         %                €          €         %         €        €         %
 Direct
Income       642.19    909.42       41.6          483.80     788.07     62.9     585.41   863.18     47.4
   State
Transfers    80.12       127.73     59.4       83.46    124.11      48.7       81.32    126.35      55.4
  Gross
 Income      722.31    1037.15      43.6       567.26   912.18      60.8      666.72    989.53      48.4
  Direct
 Taxation    136.60      165.22     21.0       76.67    118.63      54.7      115.12    147.47      28.1
Disposable
 Income      585.71      871.92     48.9       490.59   793.55      61.8      551.60    842.06      52.7



                                Household Appliances and Facilities
                             42% of households have Internet access
   In 2004-2005, just over 42% of households indicated having access to the Internet compared with
     just over 14% five years earlier. Of these households, 75% had access by phone link, 18% by
                              broadband and the remaining 7% by ISDN.
     Just over 56% of households had a home computer in 2004-2005 compared with a figure of just
                                over 29% in 1999-2000. (See Table F).


                            Mobile Phone ownership continues to rise
   Over 84% of households now have at least one mobile phone compared to just over 44% five years
                                                  earlier.
    The proportion of households with a fixed telephone line has shown a slight decline from just over
                     89% to just under 86% in the five-year period since 1999-2000.
   Other notable increases in the availability of appliances over the five years were: Tumble Dryers, up
   from 42% to 61.7%, Microwave Ovens, from 71.5% to 86%, Dishwashers, from 32% to 50.1% and
                       Burglar Alarms, from 23.9% to 32.6%. (See Table F below).
     Table F Household facilities and usage of services - 1994-1995, 1999-2000 and 2004-
                                             2005

     Item Description              1994-1995                 1999-2000                 2004-2005



                                           Household Appliances



        Percentage
      Households with-                  %                         %                        %



        Tumble dryer                   26.3                      42.0                     61.7



      Washing machine                  85.6                      93.4                     95.3



        Dishwasher                     18.7                      32.0                     50.1



      Microwave oven                   46.6                      71.5                     86.0



        Communal tv
          reception                    40.3                      51.2                     44.3
 Home computer                    16.0                      29.3                      56.2



                                     Household Facilities



  Percentage
Households with-                   %                         %                        %



Telephone (fixed)                 75.9                      89.2                      85.9



  Mobile phone                      *                       44.3                      84.3



Internet access, of
      which:                        *                       14.2                      42.2



      ISDN                          *                         *                       3.0



    Broadband                       *                         *                       7.6



    Phone link                      *                         *                       31.6



  Burglar alarm                   11.7                      23.9                      32.6



Two or more cars                  14.0                      24.2                      32.8



                                * Not included in reference year



                            For copies of the publication contact:

             The Central Statistics Office, Information Section, Skehard Road, Cork

    Government Publications Sales Office, Sun Alliance House, Molesworth Street, Dublin 2

  Household Budget Survey 2004-2005 Preliminary Results is available on the CSO web site
                                    (www.cso.ie)


                                           Price: €10

                                   For further information:


                  Jim Dalton at 021 453 5120 or Chris Moriarty at 021 453 5589