WRITING TASK 1
You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.
The tables below give information about sales of Fairtrade*-labelled coffee and bananas in 1999 and 2004 in five European countries.
Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.
Write at least 150 words.
Sales of Fairtrade-labelled coffee and bananas (1999 & 2004)
The provided data depict two items, such as coffee and bananas, that were sold in 2 given years (1999 and 2004), in five countries from Europe. Units are measured in millions of euros.
Overall, it can be seen that the sales of coffee increased from 1999 to 2004 for all of the given countries. On the other hand, the sales of bananas showed an upward trend throughout the given period in only three countries (Switzerland, the UK and Belgium), while in Sweden and Denmark the trend was downwards.
The Swiss spent the highest amount of money on coffee and bananas, in 1999 (3, respectively 15 million Euros). In 2004, Switzerland spent the most on bananas (47 million), while the sales figure for the UK was the highest for coffee. Throughout the period, there was a dramatic increase in sales by 32 million in Switzerland, which is almost double than the rising sales experienced by the UK (by 18.5 million).
In contrast, Denmark, Belgium and Sweden spent the least amount of money on coffee and bananas in the period shown. In 1999, the lowest value spent on coffee was in Sweden (0.8 million), in comparison with Belgium, which spent 0.6 million on bananas. By 2004, all these three countries experience a rise in coffee sales (by 0.2 million in Denmark and Sweden and by 0.7 million in Belgium), while Sweden and Denmark saw a decrease in banana sales by 0.8 million, respectively 1.1 million.
WRITING TASK 1