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ONS follows shoppers and drops three-piece suites

The Office for National Statistics has removed three-piece suites from its list of products used to measure inflation, replacing it with sofas.

In its annual update of the basket of goods and services used to measure inflation, ONS said the move better reflected shoppers’ buying patterns ‘which are moving away from traditional three-piece suites to individual sofas and corner units.’

Furniture and household goods, which includes flooring and housewares, makes up 5.2% of the overall basket of goods and services used to measure inflation.

Items include:

dining tables and chairs; wardrobes; beds; chests of drawers; armchairs; sofabeds; fabric sofas; bookcases; table lamps; kitchen units; home office desks; outdoor patio set; baby’s high chair; carpets. Rugs, laminate flooring; curtains, duvets, duvet covers, sheets, towels and fabric roller blinds.