Average weekly household spending in the UK rose to £473.60 last year, however, spending on restaurants and hotels fell slightly, according to a report by the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

The report found that average UK household spending in 2010 rose to £473.60 a week from £455 the previous year.

Spending on restaurants and hotels was at its highest in 2005 at £42.90 per week and had fallen to £39.20 by 2010 down from £40.20 the previous year.

At the same time, spending on alcohol, cigarettes and narcotics rose slightly from £11.70 in 2009 to £11.80 last year, down from £12.50 in 2005.

Weekly supermarket bills for food and non-alcoholic drink were unchanged at £53.20. Of the average weekly spend on food and non-alcoholic drinks, £7.10 was spent on fresh fruit and vegetables; £3.10 on fruit and £4.00 on vegetables.

The poll of 5,260 households showed that excluding mortgage payments, the main expenditures were transport and housing costs such as rent and fuel.

Spending on housing, fuel and power category increased to £60.40 in 2010 from £57.30 in 2009, making this the second highest category. This was mainly due to increases in gross rent, which rose by £4.50 in 2010.

Spending in the third highest category, recreation and culture, remained similar to 2009 at £58.10 per week, way down on the £65.00 seen in 2005.

The other categories to see falls in spending were clothing and footwear, and health although the falls were much smaller.

Across the UK, figures from 2008 to 2010 show that households in London had the highest expenditure of £577.80, followed by south east England (£523.20) and eastern England (£493.40).

Spending was the lowest in households in north east England (£372.70), Wales (£394) and Yorkshire (£405.50).

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