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Manitobans' household spending less than other Canadians' in 2011

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Manitoba households spent less on goods and services in 2011 than most of their provincial counterparts, according to Statistics Canada figures released today.

The agency said households here spent an average of $49,975 during the year. The only provinces where spending was lower were Prince Edward Island ($45,190), New Brunswick ($47,960) and Quebec (49,239).

Households in Alberta had the highest average spending, at $64,453.

Shelter gobbled up the greatest share of the household spending in Manitoba, at 25.3 per cent, the agency said. That was followed by transportation (22.1 per cent), food (14.5 per cent) and clothing and accessories (6.2 per cent).

Nationally, Canadian households spent an average of $55,151 on goods and services in 2011, up 2.7 per cent from 2010, Statistics Canada said.

The increase was slightly below the rate of inflation of 2.9 per cent as measured by the consumer price index.

The agency said spending on shelter accounted for 27.6 per cent of the Canadian total, with transportation accounting for 20.4 per cent and food taking 14.1 per cent.

Couples with children reported average spending of $75,543 on goods and services, while single seniors reported $26,047 in household spending.

— with files by Canadian Press

murray.mcneill@freepress.mb.ca

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