IELTS Writing Task 1 – Table – Amount spent on consumer goods

By | April 28, 2015


On the IELTS Writing Task 1, you must write only about what you see on the graph or chart. Do not explain the information or give reasons for the data. Do not give your opinion about anything. You should only describe the information.


You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The table below shows the amount spent on four consumer goods in four countries, in thousands of dollars.

Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

Write at least 150 words.

IELTS - Writing task 1 - TABLE - Consumer Spending - Summary


The table summarizes the dollar amount that consumers in four countries spent on four different consumer goods, in thousands of dollars.

According to the table, Greek consumers spent more on perfumes than consumers of all four countries, spending 169,000 dollars, whereas consumers in the United States spent the least on perfume, only 145,000 dollars.  In contrast, Americans clearly spent more on toys than any other category, spending 175,000 dollars, which was also the most that Americans spent of all the categories listed.

Germany’s consumer spending was similar for all areas, with a range of 147,000 to 151,000 dollars. On the other hand, Britain and the United States had relatively large differences in how much they spent. United States spending shows a difference of 30,000 dollars between the highest and lowest figures and Britain had a 20,000 dollar difference.

Overall, toys and perfumes dominated spending among the four categories, while less was spent on video games and books. Furthermore, American consumer spending was generally higher than that of other countries, while consumers in Greece spent the least.

(176 words)

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