➤ Smartphones become UK shoppers’ essentials

online dating, smartphones, apps, digital economy❚ “SMART PHONES, APPS AND DATING AGENCY FEES have been added to the basket of goods the government uses to calculate the cost of living. The new additions show the importance of the burgeoning digital economy. The basket is designed to reflect what Britons really spend their money on, enabling the government to calculate how rises in prices are affecting living standards… Television prices are being collected differently to separate out TVs larger than 32 inches — reflecting the rise of home cinema systems.”

➢ UK’s shopping basket updated: apps in, fleeces are out
— Full report at Guardian online

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