changes in what we eat, the way we read and how we celebrate have been reflected in the basket of goods used to calculate inflation.
Out go lettuce and restaurant champagne, in come stir-fry vegetables, blueberries, salami – and the eBook. The
changes were revealed as the Office of National Statistics
listed nearly 700 goods it will use to track prices over the next year.
It is a sign of their growing acceptance, that eBooks have been included by government statisticians in the basket of goods used to measure the cost of living. The annual changes to the inflation
basket, which the Office for National Statistics uses to monitor the
impact of rising prices, provides an official snapshot of the changing
spending habits and lifestyles in Britain.