It’s in to go out again.
Sales of food consumed away from home increased 7.4% from January through November 2010. In 2009, sales of food away from home dropped 2.2%.
On the flip side, U.S. Department of Agriculture statistics show sales of food consumed at home fell by 2% in the first 11 months of 2010, compared to a 1.8% drop in 2009.
The statistics were published in mid-January’s Agricultural Outlook Statistic Indicators from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service.
Food consumed at home accounted for 51% of all food sales in 2010, down from 53% in 2007.
The USDA estimated that for January through November 2010, Americans spent $529 billion for food consumed at home and $506.7 billion for food consumed away from home.
Food Sales — Change from year earlier
2007 2008 2009 2010 (January to November)
At home 5.0% 3.3% -1.8% -2.0%
Away from home 4.8% 3.2% -2.2% 7.4%