The average spending of Tunisian has improved by 48.8% to 3,871 TD in 2015, against 2,601 TD in 2010, with the lion’s share of these expenditures being dedicated to housing which rose to 1,030 TD against 635 TD during this period, i.e. 24.4% to 26.6%, said Director General of the National Institute of Statistics, Hedi Saidi.
The share of spending on health, hygiene and personal care was 9.4%, compared with 8.8% in 2010, besides a slight increase in the share of spending on education and training from 2.1% to 2.2%, he told a press conference held on Friday on the results of the national survey on consumption and the standard of living of Family in 2015.
This is the same for the share of spending dedicated to transport and holidays, restaurants and café, which rose to 9.3% and 4%, respectively, against 9% and 3.2% previously.
On the other hand, the average expenditure of the Tunisian on food, clothing, leisure and culture decreased to 28.9%, 7.6% and 1.1%, respectively, in 2015 compared to 29.3% 8.6% and 1.4% in 2010.
Transportation expenses increased from 9% to 9.3%, while those for furniture and appliances decreased to only 3.7% of expenditure in 2015, compared with 4.5% in 2010. They are followed by spending on telecommunications which fell from 5.4% to 4.4%.
The study reveals an evolution of the mode of food consumption of the Tunisian and his interest in the consumption of vegetables, fruits, milk and its derivatives as well as certain meat against the decline in cereal consumption.
The Tunisian consumed about 80.8 kg of fruit in 2015, 85.3 kg of fresh vegetables, 32.5 kg of meat and 186.6 eggs.
Average cereal consumption decreased from 180.7 kg in 2010 to 174 kg in 2015. The consumption of fish fell from 9.7 kg to 8.5 kg and that of sheep meat declined from 9.4 kg to 7.1 kg during the same period.
The results showed that the upper middle class is increasingly joining social funds, with an accession of 40.3% compared to the low class, the rate of which is 19%.
The coverage rate does not differ between the low class (18.1%) and the group above the poverty line (16.5%).