Household Consumption Expenditures in Albania

The average monthly consumption expenditures of an Albanian household in 2018 was ALL 75,935, according to estimations from the Household Budget Survey. The consumption expenditure structure shows the distribution of consumption expenditure or "purchases" carried out by a household. A household in Albania is composed of 3.7 persons on average and 44 percent of its consumption expenditure is spent on food and non-alcoholic beverages. The estimation of the monthly average consumption expenditure of the household in 2018 is 3.45 percent higher than in 2017 and 9.35 percent higher than in 2014.

Tab. 1 Average monthly consumption expenditures of households in years (in ALL)

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Prefecture Differences in Average Monthly Consumption

 

The average consumption expenditures by prefectures have changed over the period of 2014-2018, expressing different trends of their consumption expenditure amounts. In 2018 the prefecture of Tiranë shows the highest monthly average consumption expenditures. A household in the prefecture of Tirana spent on average ALL 88,691 for a monthly consumption. The prefectures that show the highest monthly average consumption expenditures after Tirana, are the prefecture of Durrës and Korçë, with respectively ALL 75,744 and ALL 74,319 monthly per household. The highest increase of the average consumption expenditures from 2014 are recorded in the prefectures of Korçë (29 percent) and Vlorë (24.2 percent), the highest decrease of expenditures is recorded in the prefecture of Dibër (12.7 percent).

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Fig. 1 Average monthly consumption expenditures of households by prefecture in 2018 and 2014 (in ALL)

Source: Household Budget Survey

 

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Consumption Expenditures Structure Composed by 12 main groups

The consumption expenditure is defined in such a way that the expenditures made for products or services of the same kind or type are comprised into a larger inclusive group. Figure 2 is used to show the division into these groups and sets the values in "%" to show their size. The figure looks more like a pizza than a graph. The bigger the slice you have, the bigger the value in % is for that "slice" group, and the bigger expenditures are done in that group.

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Fig. 2 The distribution of consumption expenditure structure of households by 12 main groups in percent

Source: Household Budget Survey, 2018

                                                                                                                    

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The group “Food and non-alcoholic beverages” remains an important element in the household’s budget with a value of ALL 33,436 representing 44 percent of overall household budget. That means fairly close to half of the household’s consumption expenditure is for food and non-alcoholic beverages.

The group of expenditures for housing, with expenditures for electricity, water, fuel, rent and small repairs with an average monthly expenditure of ALL 7,988 represent 10.5 percent of the household budget.

The group "Transport" with average monthly expenditures of ALL 5,153 took 6.8 percent of the total budget.

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