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Consumer Expenditure Survey

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics surveys households occasionally to see what they spend their money on. They collect data on the expenditures of approximately 90,000 households and ultimately come up with the average expenditures on a variety of products. The spreadsheet below summarizes the data from the Consumer Expenditure Surveys for 2011 and 2012.

Category Percentage of Expenditures
Food and Beverages 15
Housing 42
Apparel 3
Transportation 15
Medical Care 8
Recreation 6
Education and Communication 7
Other Goods and Services 3

"Global Financial Stability Report, April 2015." (2015): Bureau of Labor Statistics. Web. http://www.bls.gov/
Note: Totals may not add to 100% due to rounding.

Which of the following representations of the data would likely be most helpful in allowing one to visualize and compare the proportion of expenditures in each category?

A

Scatter Plot

B

Pie Chart

C

Histogram

D

Box-and-Whisker Plot