The organisation's Expenditure and Food Survey found the average UK household's weekly spend on food in 2003/2004 was£43.50. The total weekly spend was£418.10, up from£406 the year before. The survey showed that although the total household spend has risen food spending has remained level.
Food and non-alcoholic beverages are UK consumers' third-largest weekly expenditure, after transport at£60.70 per week and recreation/culture at£57.30 a week.
The figures are based on information collected from April 2003 to March 2004. More detailed information will be published in the ONS report Family Spending on June 8.