Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Q26. Task 1 - Graph (Table)

The tabular graph illustrates the percentage of British households who owned a range of consumer durables between 1972 and 1983.

From an overall view, it is apparent that the percentage of durables ownership increased over the years. The greatest increase was in telephone ownership, rising from 42% in 1972 to 77% in 1983. Next was the central heating ownership, rising from 37% of households in 1972 to 64% in 1983. The percentage of households with a refrigerator rose by 21% over the same period and of those with a washing machine by 14%.

Households with vacuum-cleaners, televisions and dishwashers increased by 8%, 5% and 2% respectively. In 1983, the year of their introduction, 18% of households had a video recorder. Over the period the proportion of British houses with central heating doubled and of those with a phone increased from under a half to over three-quarters.

There were also big increases in the ownership of washing machines and refrigerators, which suggests rising living standards of the British people over the period.