15.Mar .2022 00:00

Men’s suit removed from UK ‘inflation basket’ as Covid changes working life

Men’s suit removed from UK ‘inflation basket’ as Covid changes working life
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The traditional men’s suit has been removed from the basket of goods used to calculate the UK’s annual inflation rate – the latest casualty of the increase in working from home since the start of the Covid pandemic two years ago.

The Office for National Statistics said the change in working patterns meant the suit was no longer one of the 700 representative goods and services selected to measure the UK’s cost of living.

Announcing details of this year’s changes, the ONS said a new men’s formal jacket or blazer item was being introduced to ensure men’s formal and business wear was still represented in the selection.

Other items that will no longer be tracked include doughnuts, which are being replaced by multipacks of cakes, and coal, which has been removed in anticipation of the government ban on domestic sales of the fuel from next year.

Other items added to the basket for the first time this year also reflected lifestyle changes since the start of the pandemic. These included antibacterial surface wipes, sports bras/crop tops and collars for dogs and cats, The Guardian reports