Nightclub entry fees have been removed from the basket of goods and services used to measure inflation in the UK.
Each year the Office of National Statistics looks at the average prices of a selection of everyday items to calculate consumer price inflation (CPI), a figure used to monitor changes to the cost of living.
CPI statistician Phil Gooding said: “With the number of night clubs charging entry declining, we can no longer justify keeping these fees in the basket.”
Nearly half of the country’s nightclubs have shut their doors in the last decade, according to industry figures released last year, with Glasgow’s Arches, Soho’s Madame Jojo’s and Brick Lane’s Vibe Bar among the high-profile closures. In 2005 there were 3,144 clubs in the UK compared to the 1,733 open in 2015.
CD-ROMS and rewritable DVDs have also been removed from the basket, reflecting the consumer shift towards downloads. Additions to the basket include coffee pods, Baileys cream liqueur and women’s leggings. Sounds like an afterparty. [via ITV]