Mashed potatoes and leggings enter inflation basket, pork pies are out

Postado Março 13, 2018

The contents of the basket are updated annually to reflect United Kingdom consumer behaviour and showing the changing tastes and habits, with other items added to the 2018 basket including body moisturising lotion and high chairs.

Thirty years after it dropped out of the official statistical measure of the nation's shopping basket, pre-prepared mashed potato has made it back alongside new additions such as action cameras and women's exercise leggings.

The price movements of 700 goods and services are measured in 20,000 United Kingdom outlets to calculate inflation.

The overall basket of goods is meant to accurately reflect every sector in the economy, with certain goods swapped in and out as consumer spending habits change.

Digital camcorders and TV receivers have left the list as consumers use smart phones instead, with products by Apple, Google and Amazon now included in the list.

A bottle of lager while out clubbing is not longer seen as typical spending due to the number of nightclubs that have shut across the United Kingdom over recent years, following the 2016 dropping of the price of admission to a club.

"Every year we add new items to the basket to ensure that it reflects modern spending habits". This year 15 items have been added, 14 removed and seven modified in a basket of 714 products in a series of changes that depict a nation that increasingly seeks convenience and leisure. "We also update the weight each item has to ensure the overall inflation numbers reflect shoppers' experiences of inflation", said Philip Gooding of the ONS.