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Personal Consumption Expenditures for Recreation: 1990–2005

(dollars in billions)

Type of product or service 1990 1995 2000 2002 2003 2004 2005
Books and maps $16.2 $23.2 $33.7 $36.9 $38.5 $40.6 $42.2
Magazines, newspapers, and sheet music 21.6 27.5 35.0 35.3 36.6 39.6 43.8
Nondurable toys and sport supplies 32.8 44.4 56.6 59.0 60.2 63.5 67.2
Wheel goods, sports, and photographic equipment1 29.7 39.7 57.6 60.6 68.0 71.4 81.5
Video and audio products, computer equipment, and musical instruments 53.0 81.5 116.6 119.1 121.3 133.4 141.2
 Video and audio goods, including musical instruments 44.1 57.2 72.8 74.9 75.2 81.8 85.8
 Computers, peripherals, and software 8.9 24.3 43.8 44.2 46.1 51.6 55.4
Radio and television repair 3.2 3.6 4.2 4.0 4.0 4.6 4.8
Flowers, seeds, and potted plants 10.9 14.0 18.0 18.0 18.8 18.3 19.7
Admissions to specified spectator amusements 15.1 21.1 30.4 34.6 35.6 37.4 38.3
 Motion picture theaters 5.1 5.6 8.6 9.6 9.9 9.9 9.7
 Legitimate theaters and opera, and entertainments of nonprofit institutions2 5.2 8.1 10.3 11.5 11.6 12.4 12.7
 Spectator sports3 4.8 7.4 11.5 13.5 14.1 15.1 15.9
Clubs and fraternal organizations except insurance4 13.5 17.4 19.0 21.1 22.1 22.3 23.5
Commercial participant amusements5 25.2 48.8 75.8 83.5 89.2 100.7 107.3
Pari-mutuel net receipts 3.5 3.7 5.0 5.3 5.3 5.6 6.2
Other6 65.4 93.4 133.9 151.1 160.9 170.9 180.0
Total recreation expenditures $290.2 $418.1 $585.7 $628.3 $660.7 $708.4 $756.3
 Percent of total personal consumption 7.6% 8.4% 8.7% 8.5% 8.5% 8.6% 8.7%
1. Includes boats and pleasure aircraft.
2. Except athletic.
3. Consists of admissions to professional and amateur athletic events and to racetracks, including horse, dog, and auto.
4. Consists of dues and fees excluding insurance premiums.
5. Consists of billiard parlors; bowling alleys; dancing, riding, shooting, skating, and swimming places; amusement devices and parks; golf courses; sightseeing buses and guides; private flying operations; casino gambling; and other commercial participant amusements.
6. Consists of net receipts of lotteries and expenditures for purchases of pets and pet care services, cable TV, film processing, photographic studios, sporting and recreation camps, video cassette rentals, and recreational services, elsewhere classified.
Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, National Income and Product Accounts, 1929–2003; and Survey of Current Business. See also Statistical Abstracts of the United States, 2006.

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