Kids' swings out, gin in to UK inflation basket as 'hipster' culture goes mainstream

LONDON Gin and scooters have replaced children’s swings and menthol cigarettes in the basket of goods that Britain uses to calculate inflation, Britain’s top statistics authority said on Tuesday, as more consumers poured money into niche tastes.

The Office for National Statistics said the moves reflected the increasing popularity of counter-culture tastes of “hipsters” who prefer more obscure tastes, such as independently produced alcohol.

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