Spend­ing more, buy­ing less

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By Jo Wick­man VA­LEN­CIA re­gion res­i­dents spent an av­er­age of €60 more on food than last year but buy less prod­ucts, a study per­formed by the cen­tral gov­ern­ment shows.

We spent an av­er­age of €1,391 to stock the fridge in 2016, €60 more than 2015, but still less than the na­tional av­er­age of €1,528.

This could be due to the lower-than-av­er­age wages that Va­len­cian work­ers take home, which have led to the re­gion rank­ing near the top for the num­ber of house­holds that have ‘se­vere dif­fi­cul­ties’ to make ends meet.

A study by the Na­tional Statis­tics In­sti­tute also in­di­cated that 43.4 per cent of house­holds could not face up to un­ex­pected ex­penses, 44.2% could not af­ford a week's hol­i­days away from home and 10% were late pay­ing their bills.

How­ever, Va­len­cia re­gion res­i­dents are com­ply­ing with cer­tain na­tional trends, such as the over­all de­crease in the con­sump­tion of foods with high lev­els of sugar or al­co­hol, or ready-made items - and opt­ing more for fresh pro­duce.

On the whole, the largest slice of money spent on food in the Va­len­cia re­gion goes on meat, with each per­son spend­ing €295 every year, fol­lowed by fish (€177), dairy prod­ucts (€120) and fresh fruit (€116).

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