Link of the Day 9/8/08: What Your Global Neighbors Are Buying [NYTimes]

The NYTimes has a very interesting though convolutedly presented interactive map showing what different countries spend on clothing/footwear, electronics, tobacco and alcohol, household goods, and recreation.

How people spend their discretionary income – the cash that goes to clothing, electronics, recreation, household goods, alcohol – depends a lot on where they live. People in Greece spend almost 13 times more money on clothing as they do on electronics. People living in Japan spend more on recreation than they do on clothing, electronics and household goods combined. Americans spend a lot of money on everything.

[Side gripe: there really ought to be a rule that raw data needs to be included with every graph. Grrrr arrgh. ]

Clothing/Footwear

Country Population Size* Spending (USD) Per Capita Spending
(Spending/Population)
United States 303,824,640 $429.8 billion $1415
Japan 127,288,416 $75.1 billion $590
United Kingdom 60,943,912 $87.7 billion $1439
India 1,147,995,904 $28.2 billion $25
China 1,330,044,544 $95.8 billion $72
Brazil 196,342,592 $24.7 billion $126
South Africa 48,782,756 $10.6 billion $217
Nigeria 146,255,312 $7.2 billion $49

 

Electronics

Country Population Size* Spending (USD) Per Capita Spending
(Spending/Population)
United States 303,824,640 $162 billion $533
Japan 127,288,416 $17.7 billion $139
United Kingdom 60,943,912 $44.3 billion $727
India 1,147,995,904 $3.8 billion $3
China 1,330,044,544 $11.8 billion $9
Brazil 196,342,592 $5.1 billion $26
South Africa 48,782,756 $3.0 billion $61
Nigeria 146,255,312 $0.4billion $3

 

Tobacco and Alcohol

Country Population Size* Spending (USD) Per Capita Spending
(Spending/Population)
United States 303,824,640 $205.6 billion $677
Japan 127,288,416 $77.5 billion $609
United Kingdom 60,943,912 $59.8 billion $981
India 1,147,995,904 $14.2 billion $12
China 1,330,044,544 $31.4 billion $24
Brazil 196,342,592 $15.4 billion $78
South Africa 48,782,756 $8.0 billion $164
Nigeria 146,255,312 $2.5 billion $17

 

Household Goods

Country Population Size* Spending (USD) Per Capita Spending
(Spending/Population)
United States 303,824,640 $456.9 billion $1504
Japan 127,288,416 $86.2 billion $677
United Kingdom 60,943,912 $95.6 billion $1569
India 1,147,995,904 $21.1 billion $18
China 1,330,044,544 $57.1 billion $43
Brazil 196,342,592 $41.1 billion $209
South Africa 48,782,756 $6.6 billion $135
Nigeria 146,255,312 $4.1 billion $28

 

Recreation

Country Population Size* Spending (USD) Per Capita Spending
(Spending/Population)
United States 303,824,640 $881.0 billion $2900
Japan 127,288,416 $275.8 billion $2167
United Kingdom 60,943,912 $210.0 billion $3446
India 1,147,995,904 $11.8 billion $10
China 1,330,044,544 $34.2 billion $26
Brazil 196,342,592 $26.6 billion $135
South Africa 48,782,756 $6.8 billion $139
Nigeria 146,255,312 $2.3 billion $16

*Source: CIA World Factbook 2008

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