HFCE grew by 6.3 percent in the first quarter of 2019. This was faster than the 5.6 percent growth in the same period of 2018.
Food and Non-alcoholic Beverages, sharing 38.7 percent of the total household expenditure, grew at a faster pace of 5.8 percent compared with the 5.0 percent growth recorded a year ago. Meanwhile, Miscellaneous Goods and Services posted a growth of 7.0 percent growth in Q1 2019.
Other expenditure items which contributed to the growth of HFCE were: Housing, Water, Electricity, Gas and Other Fuels, 6.6 percent; Transport, 5.7 percent; Communication, 8.5 percent; Restaurants and Hotels, 8.5 percent; Education, 12.0 percent; and Furnishings, Household Equipment and Routine Household Maintenance, 3.2 percent.
On the other hand, Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco declined by 3.7 percent.