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WORK FROM HOME eliminated men’s suits from the typical basket of goods used to calculate inflation.

Donuts have also been removed as fewer people are having fun in the office.

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Working from home has eliminated men’s suits from the typical product basket used to calculate inflation
The ONS basket is based on approximately 180,000 price records collected each month

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The ONS basket is based on approximately 180,000 price records collected each month

But antibacterial surface wipes have been added as the pandemic has encouraged new cleaning habits.

The Office for National Statistics is also including dog collars to reflect lockdowns which are seeing a boom in pet ownership.

Charcoal has been dropped while, in a nod to healthier lifestyles, meatless sausages, canned legumes and sports bras are part of the typical store.

The ONS basket is based on around 180,000 price quotes collected each month and covering around 730 goods and services.

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It is used to calculate consumer price inflation, which has risen sharply due to commodity shortages, soaring gas and oil prices, and the war in Ukraine.

The ONS says the new items will diversify the range into product groups it already monitors.

Others represent areas where existing items may not adequately reflect price changes.

For example, frozen Yorkshire puddings fill a gap in the list of items to freeze.

Men’s suits will be replaced by a formal jacket or blazer.

Other changes include the replacement of double beds with king-size beds and an adjustment of the clothing category for children from 3 to 13 years old, instead of 18 months to 13 years old.