Bringing back the bubbly - CSO adds champagne to shopping basket

Bubbles are back after a five year break following a fall off in sales during the downturn

21st February, 2017

Champagne is making a return to the shopping basket used by the Central Statistics Office to measure the cost of living.

Bubbly was excluded by the CSO five years ago after a decline in sales during the recession as consumers cut back on spending.

Among the dozens of changes made by the statistics body, perhaps reflecting the desire for healthier lifestyles, are the inclusion of avocados, sweet potatoes, melons and hake, at the expense of...

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