General Article Consumer durables

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The ownership of consumer durables in the UK continued to increase into 2005-06.

The proportion of households owning a home computer rose from 62 per cent to 65 per cent between 2004-05 and 2005-06 and from 33 per cent in 1998-99. The percentage of households with an internet connection also rose, from 10 per cent in 1998-99 to 55 per cent in 2005-06.

In the highest income group, 95 per cent of households owned a home computer and 93 per cent had an internet connection. This compares to 29 per cent of households in the lowest income group who owned a home computer and 17 per cent who had an internet connection.

The percentage of households with access to a dishwasher and microwave continued to rise, to 35 per cent and 91 per cent respectively in 2005-06. Ownership of a CD player increased from 68 per cent in 1998-99 to 88 per cent in 2005-06.

There was also a considerable increase in the proportion of households with a mobile phone since 1998-99 (from 27 per cent to 79 ...

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