Graph Writing # 184 - Percentage of personal income for selected countries

IELTS Academic Writing Task 1/ Graph Writing - Table:

» You are advised to spend about  20 minutes on this task.

The table below shows personal saving as a percentage of personal income for selected countries in 1970, 1990 and 2010.

Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.

» You should write at least 150 words.

 

1990

2000

2010

Canada

5.6

11.5

1.9

France

18.7

12.5

13.6

Germany

13.8

13.8

11.8

Italy

29.5

17.6

11.4

Japan

17.6

12.1

13.6

UK

9.2

8.2

11.1

USA

8.2

5.5

4.0

 

Sample Answer:
The table data gives information on the percentages of savings from the personal income of people in seven different countries in three different years - 1990, 2000 and 2010. As is obvious, Japanse, French and  Italian citizens amassed the highest percentages of their income and the savings percentages decreased over the time.

Now, turning back to the details, the percentages of income devoted to savings by the people in these countries considerably decreased in 2010 compared to that of 1990 except in the UK. The highest savings were done by the Italians in 1990 and the percentage of their savings was almost 30 which reduced to only about 17 percent in 2000 and 11.4 in 2010. French and Japanese also saved over 17% of their income in 1990 which became 13.6% after 20 years for both of these citizens. Interestingly, Canada in the only country where people managed to almost double their savings in 2000 than that of ten years earlier but after further ten years, their savings ration became very little and lower than the savings of people in any other country. Compared to the savings ratio in 2000, only French Japanese and British had been able to save more in 2010 and in the remaining countries, people's individual savings in terms of their income plunged.

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Nguyen Thuong Vu
The provided table shows what proportion of money people in six different countries saved from their personal income in 1990, 2000 and 2010.

Generally speaking, the savings proportion decreased throughout the year, with the exception of the United Kingdom. And Americans saved the least during this period.

In detail, Italians initially managed to spare almost 30 percent of their income for savings but this figure dropped to 17.6 in 2000 and 11.4 ten years later. Apart from Italy, the savings of the remaining countries in 1990 were below one-fifth. People from both France and Japan saved 13.6% of their income in the year 2010.

It is also worth noticing that after 20 years, the proportion of saving made by Americans became only half than the previous period, representing exactly four percent only. Conversely, this figure in the United Kingdom soared to 11.4% despite a decrease to 8.2% in 2000. The most noticeable change came in Canada between 2000 and 2010 as its saving dropped to below two percent after having been as high as 11.5%.