Household Expenditure in April Indicates 1.4% Increase in Seafood
June 4, 2013
According to the household spending for the month of April 2013 (family income and expenditure survey and by item) summarized by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, the average consumption expenditure per household of more than two persons gained 0.8 percent, resulting in 304,382 Yen. The money spent on food also increased 0.4 percent to 70,637 Yen.
The outlay on marine products jumped 1.4 percent. Fresh seafood hiked by 1.5 percent, salt-dried marine foods by 2.9 percent, and other processed seafood by 2.3 percent.
Within the category of fresh seafood, fresh fish gained 1.5 percent with the following increases: bonito (13.4 percent), crab (38.6 percent), salmon (3.7 percent), sardine (25 percent), octopus (10.5 percent), amberjack (3.2 percent), squid (2.9 percent), and mackerel (4.8 percent). On the other hand, sea bream (13.4 percent), horse mackerel (12.6 percent), flounder (6.1 percent), shrimp (2.4 percent), saury (5.7 percent), and tuna (0.2 percent) all slumped.
There was a 1.5 percent growth in shellfish in the fresh seafood category. Oyster (12.5 percent), freshwater clam (10 percent), and Manila clam (1.4 percent) gained some percentage points. Scallop contracted 16.8 percent.
Salt-dried marine foods grew 2.9 percent. Dried whitebait and salted salmon increased 32 percent and 6.7 percent respectively. Cod roe slumped 2.7 percent.
Kneaded fish products dropped 3.3 percent. Kamaboko was down 3.4 percent. Both fried kamaboko and chikuwa headed downwards by 5.8 percent and 1.4 percent.
Other processed marine foods increased 2.3 percent. Especially, canned seafood and cooked seafood exhibited fantastic growths by 11 percent and 14.1 percent respectively. Dried seaweed experienced a 2.1 percent reduction and dried laver in particular plunged 6.6 percent. However, kelp leaped 10.3 percent.
There was a 2.8 percent drop in cooked foods. Sushi was down 3.4 percent. BBQ eel hiked 10.2 percent, a growth accomplished for the first time in 17 months since November 2011. The money expended at restaurants grew 1.8 percent; however, sushi fell 4 percent.
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