Back-to-school items: average amount spent in France 2018, by category

This statistic illustrates the average amount spent on back-to-school items (for a child entering sixth grade) in France in 2018, by category. The results are based on responses from retailers in France who gave the average cost of 45 back-to-school items in their respective cities and for each distribution channel. In 2018, an estimated average of 47.97 euros were spent on paper/filling supplies per child and approximately 48.14 euros were spent on sports items.

Average amount spent on back-to-school items in France in 2018, by category*

Average amount spent in euros
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Release date

August 2018



Survey time period

July 1-14, 2018

Number of respondents


Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview


Supplementary notes

* The source's investigation was based on the average back-to-school costs for a child entering sixth grade (the first year of middle school).

** The 216 surveys received came from 29 departments and were distributed as follows:
71 specialty stores;
68 supermarkets and department stores;
83 hypermarkets;
15 e-commerce sites.
Respondents reported the price of 45 back-to-school items (17 paper/filling supplies, 25 non paper supplies and 3 sports items) in their respective cities and for each distribution channel. Respondents were asked to raise the reference price to correspond to good value for money, for a period of use of at least one year.

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