Netflix and strawberry milk now help calculate inflation

Strawberry milk, Netflix and wild bird seed are among the items which have been added to the basket of goods used to calculate inflation.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) uses a “typical” basket of goods to calculate the Consumer Prices Index which shows how much prices are rising or falling for an average person.

A total of 14 new items have been added, and nine have been dropped.

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The ONS has dropped DVD rental services, such as Love Film, and replaced it with streaming service Netflix.

It has also added flavoured milk, honey, wild bird seed, plant food, men’s clothing hire and canvas fashion shoes.

Tufted carpets, hardwood flooring, gardeners’ fees and take away coffee are all out.

 

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