The average weekly income of today's children has risen 50% in the last three years to £7.93, according to a report out this week. Kids are most likely to spend their annual spending power ­ a record £3bn ­ on impulse purchases. Sweets and confectionery, with a 51% rating were the most popular buy, with chocolate (29%), third. Crisps and savoury snacks (21%), soft drinks (20%), magazines (20%), ice cream (13%) and ice lollies (12%) were also rated, while mobile phone cards (13%) made the top 10 for the first time. The Child Track survey of 727 children was carried out by child and youth specialist Carrick James. It included birthday and Christmas money and income from employment. Pocket money made up 43% of the total. {{NEWS }}