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Children’s scooters and adult puzzles added to inflation basket

Published on: March 16th, 2017


salmascotterChildren’s scooters have replaced the swing in the basket of goods used to measure the UK’s inflation rate.

The price movements of 700 goods and services are measured in 20,000 UK outlets to calculate inflation. The basket of goods reflects contemporary habits and technology to calculate the changing cost of living, as measured by the inflation rate.

The replacement of the swing with the scooter has been described as a signal of how families have changed their habits regarding gifts for children, with officials at the ONS deciding that the scooter has moved on from being a fad to become an everyday item.

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