Customers shop for groceries in a supermarket in London
Customers shop for groceries in a supermarket in London October 18, 2011.Reuters

UK inflation is calculated by measuring the price of a "basket" of goods and services. The contents are updated annually to keep up with consumer habits and tastes.

The latest changes were made in February 2015 and saw the removal of yoghurt drink, cut flowers, and frozen pizza. The latter was replaced by chilled pizza, while other additions included oven-ready gammon and pork joint, ale and protein powder.

The components of the "basket" are weighted by category as follows:

  • Food and non-alcoholic beverages 11%
  • Alcohol and tobacco 4.3%
  • Clothing and footwear 7%
  • Housing and household services 12.8%
  • Furniture and household goods 5.9%
  • Health 2.5%
  • Transport 14.9%
  • Communication 3.1%
  • Recreation and culture 14.7%
  • Education 2.6%
  • Restaurants and hotels 12.1%
  • Miscellaneous goods and services 9.1%

Below is the full list of goods in the inflation basket:

FOOD

Bread and Cereals

  • Large white loaves - sliced and unsliced
  • Large wholemeal loaf
  • Bread rolls
  • Garlic bread
  • Flour
  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Breakfast cereals
  • Various selected biscuits
  • Corn based snacks
  • Doughnuts
  • Sponge cakes
  • Crackers
  • Pack of individual cakes
  • Chilled pizza
  • Fruit pies
  • Dehydrated noodles/pasta
  • Chocolate wafers
  • Cereal bars
  • Hot oat cereal

Meat

  • Beef
  • Rump steak
  • Topside
  • Mince
  • Frozen burgers
  • Lamb
  • Loin chops
  • Shoulder
  • Leg
  • Pork
  • Loin chops
  • Back bacon
  • Gammon
  • Oven-ready joint

Chicken

  • Fresh/chilled whole chicken
  • Fresh chicken breasts
  • Frozen chicken breasts
  • Rotisserie cooked hot whole chicken

Other Meats

  • Pork sausages
  • Meat pies
  • Cooked meats – eg ham
  • Fresh turkey steaks
  • Canned meats
  • Frozen chicken nuggets
  • Chicken kievs
  • Liver
  • Continental deli type meat

Fish

  • Fresh white fish fillets
  • Fresh salmon fillets
  • Canned tuna
  • Fish fingers
  • Frozen prawns
  • Frozen breaded/battered white fish

Milk, Cheese and Eggs

  • Full-fat and semi-skimmed milk – shop-bought and delivered
  • Flavoured milk
  • Fresh cream
  • Yoghurt
  • Fromage frais
  • Chilled pot dessert
  • Various sized eggs
  • Cheddar – home-produced
  • Edam
  • Parmesan
  • Soft continental cheese
  • Other regional cheeses
  • Cheese spread
  • Powdered baby formula

Oils and Fats

  • Margarine/low fat spread
  • Olive oil
  • Block butter
  • Spreadable butter

Fruit

  • Cooking apples
  • Dessert apples
  • Pears
  • Bananas
  • Strawberries
  • Grapes
  • Oranges
  • Grapefruit
  • Avocado pears
  • Peaches/nectarines
  • Kiwi fruit
  • Organic fruit
  • Various canned fruits
  • Salted/roasted peanuts
  • Plums
  • Small oranges
  • Dried fruit
  • Pineapple
  • Blueberries
  • Fresh fruit snacking pot
  • Melon

Vegetables

  • Loose and pre-packed potatoes – old, new and baking varieties
  • Crisps – single and multi-packs
  • Peppers
  • Frozen chips
  • Fresh tomatoes
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Carrots
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Lettuce
  • Cucumbers
  • Canned baked beans
  • Organic vegetables
  • Broccoli
  • Canned tomatoes
  • Courgettes
  • Canned sweetcorn
  • Frozen peas
  • Vegetarian burger/grills
  • Vegetable pickle
  • Pre-packed salad
  • Vegetable stir fry
  • Sweet Potato

Sugar, Jam, Syrups, Chocolate and Confectionery

  • Sugar
  • Various jams
  • Honey
  • Ice cream
  • Various selected popular brands of sweets, chocolates, gum and mints
  • Food Products (not elsewhere classified)
  • Soup
  • Ready cooked meals
  • Various sauces – eg tomato sauce, mayonnaise
  • Protein powder

NON-ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES

  • Coffee, Tea and Cocoa
  • Tea bags
  • Ground coffee
  • Instant coffee
  • Hot chocolate drink
  • Mineral Waters, Soft Drinks and Juices
  • Various pure fruit juices
  • Squashes
  • Fruit drink
  • Fruit smoothie
  • Mineral water
  • Cola
  • Lemonade
  • Various fizzy drinks
  • Mixer drinks
  • Energy drinks

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES (OFF SALES)

Spirits

  • Whisky
  • Vodka
  • Brandy
  • Spirit based drinks
  • Rum

Wine

  • Bottled white wine
  • Bottled red wine
  • Bottled rose wine
  • Fortified wine
  • Sparkling wine
  • Champagne
  • Bottled cider

Beer

  • Canned lager
  • Canned bitter
  • Bottled lager
  • Canned stout
  • Bottled speciality beer/ale

Tobacco

  • Selected brand cigarettes
  • Hand rolling tobacco
  • Mentholated cigarettes
  • Cigars
  • Electronic cigarette refills/liquid

CLOTHING

Garments - Men's Clothing:

  • Suit
  • Coat
  • Trousers – formal, casual
  • Casual jacket
  • Jumper Jeans
  • Various shirts
  • T shirt
  • Tracksuit bottom
  • Branded sports sweatshirt
  • Shorts
  • Replica football team shirt
  • Underwear
  • Socks

Garments - Women's Clothing:

  • Blouse
  • Skirt – formal, casual
  • Dress
  • Trousers – formal, casual
  • Jeans
  • T shirt
  • Top
  • Shorts
  • Cardigan
  • Jacket – formal, casual
  • Coat
  • Jumper
  • Rainwear
  • Swimwear
  • Underwear
  • Tights
  • Nightwear
  • Children's
  • Clothing
  • Schoolwear – trousers, skirt
  • Tops – sports and fashion
  • Jumper/sweatshirt
  • Jeans
  • Underwear
  • Jacket
  • Pyjamas
  • Socks
  • Babygro/sleepsuit
  • Trousers

Other Clothing and Clothing Accessories

  • Man's tie
  • Knitting wool
  • Lady's scarf
  • Cleaning, Repair and Hire of Clothing
  • Dry-cleaning
  • Men's clothing hire
  • Footwear Including Repairs
  • Shoes – formal, school, casual and fashion
  • Boots – formal, fashion and walking/hiking boot
  • Training shoes
  • Sandals

HOUSING

  • Actual Rents for Housing
  • Private furnished and unfurnished rent
  • Local authority rent
  • Registered social landlord (RSL) rent
  • UK holiday accommodation (self-catered)
  • Owner occupiers housing costs (only in CPIH)
  • Imputed rent in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales

Regular Maintenance and Repair of the Dwelling:

  • Materials for Maintenance and Repair
  • Ready mixed filler
  • Wallpaper
  • Varnish
  • Paint
  • Emulsion
  • Paintbrush
  • Ceramic tiles
  • Shower head
  • Medium density fibreboard (MDF)
  • Softwood
  • Services for Maintenance and Repair
  • Fees charged by plumbers, electricians, carpenters and decorators
  • Water Supply and Miscellaneous Services for the Dwelling:
  • Water Supply
  • Average water charges
  • Sewerage Collection
  • Average sewerage and environmental charges

ELECTRICITY, GAS AND OTHER FUELS

Electricity

  • Average of the electricity companies' tariffs

Gas

  • Average of the gas companies' tariffs
  • Butane gas
  • Liquid Fuels
  • Kerosene
  • Solid Fuels
  • Coal
  • Smokeless fuel

FURNITURE, FURNISHINGS AND CARPETS

Furniture and Furnishings

  • Dining room furniture – eg table, chairs
  • Bedroom furniture – eg wardrobe, beds, chest of drawers
  • Living room furniture – eg armchair, sofa bed, leather settee, bookcase, table lamp
  • Kitchen furniture – various kitchen units
  • Office furniture – home office desk
  • Outdoor furniture – patio set
  • Carpets and Other Floor Coverings
  • Selected carpets
  • Laminate floor covering
  • Rug

Household textiles

  • Curtains
  • Fabric roller blind
  • Duvet
  • Duvet cover
  • Bed sheet
  • Towels

Household Appliances, Fitting and Repairs

  • Cooker – electric
  • Cooker – gas
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Dishwasher
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Washing machine
  • Gas
  • Fire
  • Selected small appliances – eg iron, kettle, fan heater, electric fan
  • Repair of Household Appliances
  • Electrical service charges
  • Washing machine repair
  • Glassware, Tableware and Household Utensils
  • Kitchen equipment – eg pans, scissors, plastic food container
  • Tableware – eg crockery set, cutlery set
  • Glassware – eg tumbler
  • Flower vase

Tools and Equipment for House and Garden

  • Battery
  • Light bulb
  • Lawnmower
  • Other gardening equipment – eg spade
  • Power tools – eg hammer drill
  • Other tools – eg screwdriver
  • Door handle
  • Power point
  • Hire of domestic carpet shampoo/cleaner

GOODS AND SERVICES FOR ROUTINE HOUSEHOLD MAINTENANCE

Non-Durable Household Goods

  • Washing powder
  • Washing-up liquid
  • Dishwasher tablets
  • Aluminium foil
  • Bin liners
  • Household cleaner cream/liquid
  • Fabric conditioner
  • Bleach
  • Kitchen roll
  • Clear sticky tape
  • Woodscrews

Domestic Services and Household Services

  • Domestic help fees
  • Window cleaning fees
  • Nanny fees

MEDICAL PRODUCTS, APPLIANCES AND EQUIPMENT

  • Pharmaceutical Products
  • NHS prescription charges
  • Multi-vitamins tablets
  • Selected medicines – eg indigestion tablets, aspirin, packets of cold/flu drink powder, allergy tablets
  • Other Medical and Therapeutic Products
  • Condoms
  • Plasters
  • Spectacle frames
  • Prescription lenses
  • Contact lenses

OUT-PATIENT SERVICES

  • Medical Services and Paramedical Services
  • Non NHS medical services – eg physiotherapy, chiropractic medicine
  • Dental Services
  • NHS dental charges Private dental examination
  • Hospital Services
  • Hospital charges, including private surgery fees
  • Nursing home fees

PURCHASE OF VEHICLES

Cars

  • New cars
  • Second hand cars

Motorcycles and Bicycles

  • Motorcycles
  • Bicycles

OPERATION OF PERSONAL TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT

  • Spare Parts and Accessories
  • Selected spare parts and accessories - eg wiper blade, battery, tyres, bulbs
  • Fuels and Lubricants
  • Ultra low sulphur petrol
  • Ultra low sulphur diesel
  • Motor oil
  • Vehicle Maintenance and Repairs

Car service

  • Labour charge for vehicle repairs
  • Car wash
  • Roadside recovery services
  • Exhaust/brake fitting at fast fit auto centre
  • Other Services
  • MOT test fees
  • Car park charges
  • Driving lesson fees
  • Driving test fees
  • Road tolls Self-drive car and van hire charges
  • Vehicle excise duty

TRANSPORT SERVICES

  • Passenger Transport by Railway
  • UK rail fares
  • London transport fares
  • Euro Tunnel fares
  • Other underground/metro fares
  • Passenger Transport by Road
  • Bus fares
  • Minicab fares
  • Coach fares
  • Taxi fares
  • Charge for home removals
  • Passenger Transport by Air
  • Air fares
  • Passenger Transport by Sea and Inland Waterway
  • Various ferry and sea fares
  • Postal Services
  • Postal charges

TELEPHONE AND TELEFAX EQUIPMENT AND SERVICES

Telephone

  • Mobile phone handset
  • Smart phone handset Mobile phone charges – PAYG and contract
  • Fixed line telephone charges
  • Cost of directory enquiries
  • Subscription to the internet
  • Mobile phone applications
  • Bundled communication services
  • Mobile phone accessory

AUDIO-VISUAL EQUIPMENT AND RELATED PRODUCTS

Reception and Reproduction of Sound and Pictures

  • DVD player
  • Audio systems
  • Blu-ray disc player
  • Digital (DAB) radio
  • Flat panel televisions
  • Personal MP4 player
  • Digital television recorder/receiver
  • Headphones

Photographic, Cinematographic and Optical Equipment

  • Digital compact camera
  • Interchangeable lens digital camera
  • Digital camcorder
  • Data Processing Equipment
  • PCs – desktop and laptop
  • PC peripherals
  • Tablet computer
  • Recording Media
  • CDs, including CDs purchased over the internet
  • Pre-recorded DVDs, including DVDs purchased over the internet
  • Pre-recorded Blu-ray discs, including discs purchased over the internet
  • Recordable CD
  • Selected CD-ROMs
  • Rewritable DVD
  • Music downloads
  • Portable digital storage device
  • Repair of Audio-Visual Equipment and Related Products
  • Various electrical equipment repair charges - eg PC

Major Durables for Recreation and Culture

  • Caravans
  • Boats
  • Acoustic guitar
  • Livery charges
  • Water sports equipment – eg windsurfing equipment

OTHER RECREATIONAL ITEMS, GARDENS AND PETS

Games, Toys and Hobbies

  • Various toys - eg soft toys, construction toys, activity toys, dolls, electronic educational toys
  • Child's swing
  • Child's tricycle
  • Computer games, including games purchased over the internet
  • Computer games console
  • Board game
  • Craft kit
  • Equipment for Sport and Open Air Recreation
  • Sports equipment - eg golf balls, squash racquet, football, fishing rod, football boots
  • Sleeping bag
  • Barbecue

Gardens, Plants and Flowers

  • Selected varieties of plants, cut flowers, seeds and including flowers purchased over the internet
  • Compost
  • Plant food
  • Flower delivery

Pets, Related Products and Services

  • Cat and dog food – moist and dry Wild bird seed
  • Small pet – eg hamster
  • Animal cage
  • Dog kennel boarding fees
  • Annual booster injection

Recreational and Cultural Services

  • Recreational and Sporting Services
  • Fees for leisure evening classes
  • Private health club/gym membership
  • Charges for exercise classes
  • Swimming pool admissions
  • Ten-pin bowling session
  • Golf green fees
  • Football match admissions
  • Horseracing admissions
  • Admission to other attractions
  • Games consoles online subscriptions
  • Cultural Services
  • DVD rental/video on demand subscription services
  • Digital TV subscriptions
  • Rental of various types of TV
  • Television licence
  • Digital photo processing
  • Music streaming subscriptions
  • Admission to cinemas, theatres, live music, night-clubs, historic monuments and other cultural events

BOOKS, NEWSPAPERS AND STATIONERY

Books

  • Adult, teenage and children's fiction and non-fiction paperback and hardback books
  • Reference books
  • eBooks

Newspapers and Periodicals

  • National daily newspapers
  • Sunday newspapers
  • Provincial newspapers
  • Periodicals

Miscellaneous Printed Matter, Stationery, Drawing Materials

  • Ball point pen
  • Envelopes
  • Wrapping paper
  • Greeting card
  • Printer paper
  • Inkjet cartridge
  • Package Holidays
  • Package holidays covering a range of foreign destinations, accommodation and holiday types, including late-booked holidays
  • UK holidays covering a range of accommodation and holiday types but excluding self-catering

EDUCATION

  • Private school fees
  • Evening classes
  • International student fees
  • UK university tuition fees

CATERING SERVICES

Restaurants and Cafes

  • Restaurant main course
  • Restaurant sweet course
  • Restaurant cup of coffee
  • Pub hot meals
  • Pub hot/cold snack
  • Burger in bun – eat in
  • In store cafeteria meal
  • Muffin

Take-Aways and Snacks

  • Fish and chips
  • Pasty/savoury pie
  • Burger in bun – take-away
  • Kebab
  • Chicken and chips
  • Tea
  • Coffee latte
  • Soft drink
  • Ethnic take-away
  • Sandwich
  • Vending machine fizzy drink
  • Pizza delivery/take-away
  • Cinema popcorn
  • Crisps

Beer On Sales

  • Draught bitter
  • Draught lager
  • Draught stout
  • Draught/bottled cider
  • Bottled lager

Wines and Spirits On Sales

  • Whisky
  • Vodka
  • Wine Spirit based drink
  • Liqueurs
  • Mixer

Soft drinks

  • Fizzy drinks
  • Fruit juice
  • Bottled mineral water
  • Catering
  • Cost of catering for a function
  • On board catering

Canteens

  • Staff restaurant main course
  • Staff restaurant sandwich
  • Staff restaurant hot snack
  • Staff restaurant soft drink
  • Prices for school meals

Accommodation Services

  • Youth Hostel Association
  • Halls of residence
  • Other accommodation services

PERSONAL CARE

  • Hairdressing fees
  • Full leg wax
  • Basic manicure
  • Slimming club fees

Appliances and Products for Personal Care

  • Electrical hair straighteners/tongs
  • Electric razor
  • Toilet roll
  • Tissues
  • Disposable nappies
  • Toothbrush
  • Tampons
  • Baby wipes
  • Various cosmetics – eg lip gloss, face cream, perfume, mascara, liquid foundation
  • Toiletries - eg toothpaste, deodorant, shower gel, shampoo, hair gel, permanent hair
  • colourant, razor cartridge blades, sunscreen cream/lotion, liquid soap, hair
  • conditioner
  • Jewellery, Clocks and Watches
  • Watch
  • Watch battery replacement
  • Various items of personal jewellery - eg gold chain, solid gold ring, diamond solitaire ring, sterling silver earrings, fashion earrings, fashion necklace

Other Personal Effects

  • Umbrella
  • Handbag
  • Luggage – trolley case
  • Picture/photo frame
  • Push chair

SOCIAL PROTECTION

  • Residential home fees
  • In home care assistants' fees
  • Local authority supported residents in retirement homes
  • Childminder fees
  • Nursery fees
  • Playgroup fees

Insurance

  • Home contents insurance premiums
  • Household services maintenance policy
  • Health Insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Pet insurance
  • Subscriptions to private medical plans
  • Vehicle insurance
  • Holiday insurance

Financial Services (not elsewhere classified)

  • Mortgage arrangement fees
  • Various bank charges – eg overdraft fees
  • Unit trust fees and commissions
  • Stockbrokers' fees
  • Money transfer fees
  • Credit card fees

Other Services (not elsewhere classified)

  • Charges for advertisements in newspapers
  • Solicitors' fees – including will drafting fee
  • Fee for birth and death certificates Marriage licences
  • Passport fees
  • Cost of basic funeral/cremation
  • Home delivery charges Self-storage fees
  • Surveyors' fee for house valuation
  • Dating agency fees
  • Trade union and professional organization subscriptions