Quiche in, camcorders out in UK's new inflation basket

Exercise leggings are in favour- leg waxing not so much

Exercise leggings are in favour- leg waxing not so much

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.

The changes are part of the Office for National Statistics' (ONS) annual review of the basket of goods used to measure the UK's inflation rate.

Quiche, action cameras and soft play sessions have also been added.

The price movements of 700 goods and services are measured in 20,000 United Kingdom outlets to calculate inflation, which now stands at 2.7 per cent.

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.

The exclusion of the pork pie is the result of rethinking the area of "cooked pastry-based savoury snacks", according to the ONS.

Some items are replaced with updated versions, so mash returns - although now it is chilled rather than dried - and a sit-upon wheeled toy replaces the traditional tricycle.

Commenting on the new items, senior statistician Philip Gooding said: "Every year we add new items to the basket to ensure that it reflects modern spending habits".

Camcorders are no longer included, as amateur film buffs tend to use their smartphones instead.

Only 36 items were swapped out of a total basket of 714, with peaches and nectarines both among those to drop out.

"While we add and remove a number of items each year, the overall change is actually quite small".

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