You are currently viewing the International Edition. You can also switch to the Hong Kong Edition.
Monday 29 June 2015

ONS: Rum replaces Champagne in shopping baskets

13th March, 2013 by Rupert Millar

The Office of National Statistics’ latest “shopping basket” has seen white rum replace Champagne in the list of what consumers typically buy.

Grocery-ShoppingThe basket, as described by the ONS, is a compilation of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and Retail Prices Index (RPI) and is reviewed each year to reflect changes in consumer buying habits.

ONS explained: “A convenient way of thinking about both the CPI and RPI is to imagine a ‘shopping basket’ containing those goods and services on which people typically spend their money. As the prices of the various items in the basket change over time, so does the total cost of the basket. Movements in the CPI and RPI represent the changing cost of this representative shopping basket.”

The report showed that alcohol’s place in the average basket has decreased to 61 parts per 1,000 in RPI, down from 76 in 1987, highs of 80 in 1992 and 1997 and which dipped to its lowest last year – 56.

This is in line with reports that consumption in the UK is decreasing and has been for a number of years.

White rum has been added to “diversify the range of spirits covered,” whereas, it was felt, on-trade sales Champagne and of puddings could be removed, “without any significant loss of precision in estimates of price changes overall”.

Other “in” items include: blueberries, men’s t-shirts, salami and prosciutto and e-books.

“Out” items include: round lettuces (in favour of pre-packaged salads) and basin taps.

The full pdf can be downloaded here.

 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

If that's interesting, how about these?

Flavoured styles lead drinks NPD

A new report from Nielsen shows that flavoured variants are dominating more...

Top 10 wines in the UK press

An English fizz fit for Wimbledon, a "chunky, berry-stuffed" Negroamaro and a more...

UK market in growth as price increases slow

The latest figures from the Wine and Spirit Trade Association show that more...

Hatch Mansfield – Brand Manager

London, United Kingdom

Competitive salary

Parker retrospective boosts 05 Palmer

Château Palmer’s 2005 is the latest wine from that vintage to see an more...

Tequila leads luxury spirits boost

Luxury brands of Tequila backed by celebrities such as P Diddy and George more...

Vinexpo: five days 'too much' says organiser

Vinexpo doesn’t need to run for the full five days because no visitor stays more...

Sales Development - London and South East

London, United Kingdom

Competitive package

Bordeaux 2005: Biggest movers

Expectation surrounding the 2005s is building and pushing up prices for top more...

Wine from Napoleon’s carriage to be sold

A bottle of wine apparently found in Napoleon’s carriage after Waterloo – more...

Castel feeds aperitif thirst

Europe’s largest wine producer, Castel, has unveiled a raft of new products more...

Supplier Relationship Manager

London, United Kingdom

Depp puts French estate on sale for £16.5m

Hollywood actor Johnny Depp has put his estate in the south of France, which more...

BI offers 2014 imperial collection en primeur

Fine wine merchant Bordeaux Index is offering its clients a 10 imperial more...

Top 10 wines in the UK press

An "epic" Riesling, a "Grecian beauty" that "gobsmacks with opulent tropical more...

Business Development Executive

London, United Kingdom

£25-£30K + benefits, depending on experience

UK importer confident of Champagne comeback

One leading UK Champagne importer is optimistic for the future of the category more...

Veuve Clicquot launches mixing Champagne

Proving it isn’t scared to innovate in order to attract new consumers, Veuve more...

US Senate passes bill to boost spirits exports

The US senate has been applauded by members of the spirits trade for passing a more...

Marketing and eCommerce Manager

London, United Kingdom

Competitive, includes equity options

SA wine served at Swedish royal wedding

A South African producer has revealed its Pinot Noir was among the wines more...

Cristal launches 'underrated' vintage

Champagne Louis Roederer has released its Cristal prestige cuvée from the more...

EU spirits trade calls for fresh approach

Spirits producers in the EU will "achieve much more" if they follow a new more...

Head of On-Trade Sales

London, United Kingdom

Top 10 wines in the US press

An impressive Tannat-Merlot-Zinfandel blend from Uruguay and a Vernaccia from more...

Tesco sales take a tumble despite price cuts

Tesco's like-for-like sales fell by 1.3% in the three months to 30 May, an more...