Loungewear is in but office sarnies are out in the cold

Danni Hewson
15 March 2021

“Looking at which items have been added or discarded from the government’s inflation basket gives a real insight into how our lifestyles have changed during lockdown,” said Danni Hewson finance analyst at AJ Bell.

“The inclusion of hand weights and smart watches highlight the nations desire to keep fit despite gyms being closed, and the addition of hand sanitiser won’t be a surprise to anyone.  

“Nor will the fact that canteen sandwiches don’t cut the mustard this year, with homeworking making the kitchen fridge a more likely source for a snack and a veg smoothie.  And, of course, there’s the appearance of loungewear on the list, though video conferencing often means its sported from the waist down only.

“What is interesting is the fact that electric and hybrid vehicles haven’t qualified, until now.  Perhaps it’s our desire to go greener or perhaps its connected to reduced commuting and increased savings among those lucky enough to be able to work from home.”

Danni Hewson
Financial Analyst

Danni spent more than 19 years at the BBC, presenting and reporting on business news across a variety of programmes – including BBC Breakfast, BBC News Channel, BBC Look North and latterly Radio 5 Live’s flagship business programme ‘Wake up to Money’. She is now responsible for producing analysis and commentary across a broad range of subjects at AJ Bell, from financial markets, to economics and personal finance.

Contact details

Mobile: 07593 451 437
Email: danni.hewson@ajbell.co.uk

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