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Household spending report put on hold

The government has decided not to release the household consumer expenditure survey results of 2017-18 due to data quality issues.

Media reports said the unreleased survey had been suppressed because it showed that consumer demand had declined in 2017-18 for the first time in more than 40 years.

The Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation said in a statement that it is “planning the next consumer expenditure survey in 2021-22 after data quality refinement in the survey process.”

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