Tablets into the basket

The composition of the notional shopping basket used for calculating inflation in the UK changes slightly each year, and the revisions are always worth reviewing for what they tell us about spending patterns.  This year it’s notable that tablet computers have come in – and the supporting report very spefically defines these as iPads, Samsung Galaxy pads, and so on and not as the tablet versions of traditional laptops that were in vogue during the 2000s.  Page 7 of the report on the revisions – PDF downloadable from the link above – has some fairly anodyne wording about the introduction of tablet computers, and the point is well made that in most years the basket changes to reflect development in technology, but it must still be exceptional to see the inclusion of a product which wasn’t available in any recognisable form as recently as three years ago

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