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Inflation basket: The also rans

Tatooed man
Image caption The growing popularity of tatoos was reflected in the ONS' discussions

Every year, the Office for National Statistics reviews its 650-strong basket of goods and services on which its two inflation indexes are based, in order to reflect better public spending habits.

It collects about 180,000 separate price quotations of these items in 150 areas of the UK.

These are then used to calculate the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) and Retail Prices Index (RPI).

It publishes the results of the review every March, detailing what has dropped out of the basket, and what has been added.

It does not, however, publish the items that are shortlisted for inclusion and exclusion, but which, for whatever reason, do not make it into, or out of, the basket.

Following a BBC freedom of information request, we can now reveal what these items are.

Products that didn't make it

Decaffeinated tea, decaffeinated instant coffee, herbal tea bags, Fairtrade tea and coffee, cocoa, double strength squash, premium soft drinks, sparkling mineral water, canned cider, soup pouches, chilled pizza instead of frozen pizza, fresh pasta, tortilla wraps, fresh noodles, tinned sardines, fresh prawns and crab sticks, garlic, sweet potatoes, beans and pulses, cherry and vine tomatoes, office chairs, tattoos, ear piercings, eyebrow waxing, hand-car washing, ladies' socks, nicotine patches, windscreen repairs, trampoline, Imax cinema tickets, comedy clubs, coffee table books, teenage fiction books, foreign newspapers, bread makers, blenders, car air-conditioning, white gold, adhesives, small motorised garden tools, iPhone applications, netbooks, Blackberries and marina fees.

Products that stayed in

DVD players, electric mowers, three-piece non-leather suites, leather sofas, Freeview boxes, gas fires, roasting joints of meat, cigarette vending machines and washing machine powder.

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