The Household Budgetary Survey is a survey conducted among the private households in Malta and Gozo to gauge changing expenditure patterns by residential households. The main aim of the survey is to illustrate patterns in household expenditure and how these are distributed among different goods and services. The HBS reveals changes in consumption trends among Maltese households over a number of years. Detailed information is also collected on all sources of household income, possession of durable goods, cars, basic information on housing and on various other demographic and socio-economic characteristics.
The survey also provides indications on different standards of living in terms of income and expenditure. The survey findings are of interest to a diverse community of users, and results are used for planning, policy and monitoring purposes. Internally, the result s form a valid base for the National Accounts and the Consumer Price Index, to mention two statistical domains.
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