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Food Prices

America's Shrinking Grocery Bill


In 1984, the average U.S. household spent 16.8 percent of its annual post-tax income on food. By 2011, Americans spent only 11.2 percent. The U.S. devotes less of its income to food than any other country—half as much as households in France and one-fourth of those in India.

Graphic by Bloomberg Businessweek; Data: BLS Consumer Index, BLS Consumer Expenditure Survey, USDA
Gambrell is a contributing graphics editor for Bloomberg Businessweek.

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