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Donuts and men’s suits are not on the official list of products used to measure inflation, while meatless sausages and antibacterial wipes are.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) uses a basket of goods and services representing what people spend their money on to calculate the Consumer Price Index (CPI) to measure inflation. It is reviewed annually.

This year it withdrew the coal before the ban on the sale of domestic coal in 2023.

Philip Gooding, CPI statistician at the ONS, said: ‘Sometimes items need to be removed in response to changes in the law or in response to environmental concerns.

But some items are being discontinued “reflecting lower spending”, and donuts are being released as “anecdotal evidence from retailers has indicated that sales have fallen, potentially due to increased work from home,” the company noted. NSO.

At the same time, meatless sausages were added to the “free” product line, reflecting the growth of vegetarianism and veganism.

And antibacterial surface wipes are now included in current pandemic cleaning trends.

The ONS said other new items have been added as consumer spending is “significant” or “growing”, such as with frozen Yorkshire puddings.

Pet collars are trending, again, as spending habits have revealed people are buying more pet accessories, which is “linked to the increase in ownership since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

Climbing wall sessions were also introduced, as well as DIY kits for adults.

Additionally, king-size beds are now preferred over double beds, while men’s suits have been replaced by a formal men’s jacket or blazer.

Gooding wrote: “A gradual decline in spending on men’s suits, coupled with the decision of a few retailers to remove this item from their outlets, has resulted in collection difficulties and a drop in the number of quotes that can be collected.

In total in 2022, 19 items were added to the CPI while 15 items were removed. Additionally, 16 items were changed out of a total of 733 items included.

“Cost reduction trend”

Sarah Coles, senior personal finance analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown, said: “The pandemic may have changed the way we live and shop forever. We continue to embrace new passions in life that we acquired during lockdowns, with increased pet ownership, cleaning, and crafts. Meanwhile, working from home precipitated the demise of men’s suits and the death of the donut. Next year, we can expect cost-cutting to dominate our shopping choices, along with many basket changes.

“In 2022, the most dramatic trend is likely to be cost reduction. According to the ONS, more than half of us have cut back on non-essential spending to stay within our budgets, and 37% are shopping more. We can expect this to translate into changes to the ONS basket next year, but in the meantime we all need to think carefully about what we put in our own baskets. A smart option is to keep a receipt from a department store, so you can compare price increases each time you shop, and can swap to own brands or budget ranges if needed.