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New items used to calculate inflation


The Office for National Statistics has added several items to the official 'basket' of goods it uses each year to calculate the inflation rate.

Sales of hot rotisserie chicken, bottled rosé wine and internet-based DVD subscriptions are now included in the equation.

The NAO says the changes will help to reflect public spending habits in the midst of a recession.

Emma Simpson reports.


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