Stat of the day: 7.5%

The amount by which the cost of a typical Christmas dinner has risen over the past year.

by Emma Haslett
Last Updated: 17 Dec 2019

MT had been wondering why its wallet was looking so empty this Christmas, but all has been explained by the Office for National Statistics: apparently, the price of turkey steaks (rather than a whole turkey, bizarrely) has risen by 3.8%, to £8.15 per kilo, while broccoli is up by 4.4%, cauliflower is up 6.3%, frozen peas are up 4.6% and the cost of pigs in blankets ingredients has also risen. In fact, the only prices that have dropped are carrots, which are down by a whopping 20.5% (bumper year, then) and potatoes, which have dropped by just over 10%.

But the ONS’ most Christmas-busting finding is that the price of Champagne has risen by 8.6%, to £28.93. Bah, humbug...

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