Spain has become the second country in the EU whose families spend the least after the outbreak of the covid-19 pandemic, only behind Malta. On the contrary, Romania leads the section of community nations with the highest consumption spending in households since the health crisis, according to Eurostat data collected by Servimedia.
Information from the Statistical Office of the European Union indicates that household consumption spending in the EU as a whole increased by 4.2% in 2021 compared to 2020 (the year the pandemic arrived), but it was 4 .1% lower than in 2019.
All EU countries registered an increase in family spending in 2021 compared to 2020, which represents a partial recovery after the outbreak of covid-19, when social distancing measures, government restrictions on the movement of people and economic activities Non-essentials seriously affected household consumption.
Then, the largest increases were registered in Croatia (21.2%), Cyprus (12.9%), Malta (11.2%), Greece (10.8%) and Slovenia (10.2%); while the minors took place in Germany (0.1%), Austria (0.5%), Slovakia (1.3%), the Netherlands (3.0%) and the Czech Republic (3.5%). That of Spain was 7.3%.
Even so, 16 EU nations had not fully recovered compared to 2019. Malta was the country that decreased household consumption spending the most between 2019 and 2021 (-14.0%), ahead of Spain (-9 7%), Austria (-8.4%), Portugal (-6.8%) and Italy (-6.7%). By contrast, the main increases occurred in Romania (4.7%), Bulgaria (4.3%), Lithuania (3.5%), Estonia (3.1%) and Sweden (2.8%).