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2. Average Propensity to Consume and Surplus Ratio
Average propensity to consume (the ratio of living expenditures to disposable income) in workers' households was 79.7% from September through November 2004. The average propensity to consume, after consistently continuing to be on the decline from 1974 through 1999, hit 79.7% in 2004, the highest point ever attained since 1969.
Moreover, surplus (disposable income minus living expenditures) per household in 2004 was 86,301 yen and the surplus ratio (the ratio of surplus to disposable income) was 20.3%.
The breakdown of surplus reveals that the net increase amount in current assets was 42,172 yen and the net increase ratio (the ratio of net increase in financial assets to disposable income) was 9.9%, which was 2.6 percentage point lower than 12.5% recorded in 1999.
Repayment of land and/or house loans was 31,151 yen and the repayment ratio of land and/or house loans (the ratio of the repayment of housing loans to disposable income) was 7.3%, up 1.3 percentage point over 6.0% in 1999. (Figure II-3, Table II-3)
Figure II-3: Average Propensity to Consume and Surplus Ratio (Workers' Households)
Table II-3: Changes in Average Propensity to Consume and Surplus Ratio (Workers' Households)