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Blu-ray Disc added to UK shopping basket

Office of National Statistics takes out MP3 players

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HD has officially entered mainstream consumer conscience, because the UK's Office of National Statistics (ONS) has added Blu-ray Discs to its list of everyday purchases.

The ONS maintains a list of 650-odd products and services, and updates the selection annually. The list is intended to reflect public spending habits and is used to calculate the Retail Prices Index inflation measure.

Several other tech goodies, including Freeview boxes and “portable video players” – iPod Touches and their ilk - have also been added.

Blu-ray’s addition has come at the expense of some former tech favourites, with High Street DVD rentals taken off of the list. Internet-based DVD rental services are still considered representative of British spending habits.

MP3 players are also removed, to make way for MP4 devices. ®

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