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Commodity/Service Section/GroupAverage Monthly Household Expenditure
Section 1 : Food5,61225.7
1Meals bought away from home3,47115.9
3Other cereals and cereal preparations430.2
4Bread, cakes, biscuits and puddings1510.7
5Salt-water fish1550.7
6Fresh-water fish1030.5
7Other fresh sea products810.4
8Processed sea products890.4
9Pork, locally slaughtered2060.9
10Beef, locally slaughtered360.2
11Live poultry900.4
12Meat, frozen860.4
13Meat, canned70.0
14Meat, others950.4
15Fresh vegetables1900.9
16Processed vegetables110.0
17Fresh fruit1700.8
18Processed fruit60.0
19Dairy products910.4
21Edible oils320.1
25Flavourings and additives280.1
26Food, others2521.2
Section 2 : Housing7,00932.2
27Rent, including rates and government rent6,20828.5
28Management fees and other housing charges7933.6
29Materials for house maintenance80.0
Section 3 : Electricity, gas and water6312.9
31Liquefied petroleum gas390.2
33Water and sewage charges670.3
Section 4 : Alcoholic drinks and tobacco2261.0
34Chinese wines50.0
35Foreign-style wines510.2
Section 5 : Clothing and footwear9584.4
38Men's outerclothing1860.9
39Men's underclothing130.1
40Women's outerclothing3751.7
41Women's underclothing360.2
42Children's outerclothing860.4
43Children's underclothing60.0
44Infants' clothing150.1
45Clothing, others330.1
46Clothing materials and tailoring charges50.0
47Men's footwear750.3
48Women's footwear1000.5
49Children's footwear290.1
Section 6 : Durable goods9884.5
51Electrical appliances1440.7
52Video and sound equipment1000.5
53Tableware and kitchen utensils260.1
54Watches, cameras and optical goods1330.6
55Travel and sports goods780.4
56Computers, telecommunications equipment and other durable goods3851.8
Section 7 : Miscellaneous goods1,0534.8
57Proprietary medicines and supplies1050.5
59Books and periodicals1990.9
61Soft furnishings350.2
62Cosmetics and personal care products1950.9
63Housing cleansing tools and supplies360.2
65Toys and hobbies790.4
66Household goods, others1380.6
Section 8 : Transport2,0099.2
67Purchases of and repairs to motor vehicles3061.4
68Motor fuel1650.8
69Motor licences, insurance, instructor's fees, parking fees and tunnel tolls3471.6
70Taxi fares1590.7
71Bus fares3731.7
72Public light bus fares1170.5
73Mass Transit Railway fares2161.0
74Train fares660.3
75Light Rail Transit fares170.1
76Tram fares30.0
77Ferry fares100.0
78Inbound and outbound transport1200.5
79Transport, others1100.5
Section 9 : Miscellaneous services3,31015.2
80School fees8093.7
81Other educational charges300.1
82Medical services4802.2
83Cinema entertainment300.1
84Package tours2771.3
85Expenses on parties420.2
86Other entertainment and holiday expenses1100.5
87Household services5212.4
89Repairs to personal and household goods180.1
90Professional services, photo-printing, subscriptions and other services2221.0
91Postal services50.0
92Telephone and other communications services6853.1
Notes : (a)The Household Expenditure Survey (HES) is conducted at five-yearly intervals to collect up-to-date information on the expenditure patterns of households in Hong Kong for updating the expenditure weights used for compiling the Consumer Price Index. The 1999/2000 HES was conducted during the period from October 1999 to September 2000.
 (b)Figures may not add up to totals due to rounding.
 (c)'0.0' denotes figures less than 0.05%.
 (d)Group 80 "School fees" covers “Kindergarten”, “Primary”, “Secondary”, “Craft and technician level”, “Post-secondary (including distance learning)”, “Private, vocational”, “Language courses” and "Other courses". "Tuition schools and expenses on tuition" is also included.
 (e)Statistics on medical expenses are subsumed in group 57 "Proprietary medicines and supplies" and group 82 "Medical services".
Source : Price Analysis & Research Section,
Census and Statistics Department
(Enquiry telephone no. : 3903 7384
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