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Americans’ budget shares devoted to food have flattened in recent years

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Between 1960 and 2007, the share of disposable personal income spent on total food by Americans fell from 17.5 to 9.7 percent, and the share of income spent on food at home fell from 14.1 to 5.6 percent. At the same time, the percentage of income spent on food away from home increased from 3.4 to 4.1 percent. During the 2007-09 recession, the shares of income spent on total food and its at-home and away-from-home components leveled off as disposable personal incomes stagnated. In 2012, the share of income spent on food away from home rose to 4.3 percent. 

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Last updated: Tuesday, February 11, 2014

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