WRITING TASK 1 : The amount of money spent on books in Germany, France, Italy and Austria between 1995 and 2005

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

The graph below shows the amount of money spent on books in Germany, France, Italy and Austria between 1995 and 2005.

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

Write at least 150 words.

Sample answer:

The line graph compares the amount of money spent on buying books in Germany, France, Italy and Austria over a period of ten years between 1995 and 2005.

In 1995 Austria spent the least amount of money on books, while Italy and France spent about as much as each other. However, by 2001, the gap in spending between these two countries had widened and considerably more money was spent in France than In Italy.

As can be seen from the graph, the amount of money spent increased in all four countries but rose the most dramatically in Austria. The period between 2000 and 2005 saw a sharp growth and in 2005 the Austrians spent three times as much money as they did in 1995.

However, during this ten-year period, Germany remained the biggest spenders on book, with all three other countries spending much less on them.