Model Answer - Ielts Writing (Task 1)

The table below gives information on consumer spending on different items in five different countries in 2002.

Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features and make comparisons where relevant.

The information provided relates to how consumers in five countries distributed their spending among three different categories in the year 2002.

Turkey’s consumer expenditure on Food, Drinks and Tobacco was the greatest, accounting for 32.14%. This was closely followed by Ireland with 28.91%. The consumers in Sweden spent the least (5.77%) in this sector while Italian and Spanish consumers spent 16.36% and 18.80% respectively.

The percentage spent on Clothing and Footwear was considerably lower at less than 10% for all countries. Italy’s expenditure stood at 9% while Ireland, Turkey and Spain showed similar spending habits ranging between 6.43% and 6.63%. Once again Sweden had the lowest percentage in this sector.

Consumers spent the least on Leisure and Education. Figures stood below 5% for all countries. This category accounted for 4.35% of Turkey’s national consumer expenditure. Sweden and Italy followed with just above 3%. Ireland showed 2.21% and Spain a low 1.98%.

Overall a larger proportion of national consumer expenditure in 2002 can be seen for Food, Drink and Tobacco and the least for Leisure and Education. Turkey ranked the highest in the first category. The Italians spent more on Clothing and Footwear while Turkey was interested the most in Leisure and Education. Sweden noted relatively low percentages in all categories compared to the other countries.

Cambridge, Ielts 7 past papers, p.30.
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