E-cigarettes, Spotify and craft beer added to inflation basket
E-cigarettes, music streaming services, online console computer games subscriptions, headphones, mobile phone accessories and shop sales of craft beer have been added to the basket of goods and services that is used to calculate UK inflation. Other changes include the inclusion of protein powders, melons and sweet potatoes. Items being removed from the calculations include foreign exchange commissions, yoghurt drinks and sat navs. There are now 703 items that make up the CPI basket of goods and services. The Office For National Statistics collects around 110,000 individual prices each month from 20,000 shops across the UK as well as a further 70,000 prices online in order to calculate UK consumer price inflation.