UK inflation: which everyday items have fallen in price most?

<span>Vets’ services rose in price by 9.3% in May – but products for pets fell by an average of 5.1%.</span><span>Photograph: Wavebreak Media/Alamy</span>
Vets’ services rose in price by 9.3% in May – but products for pets fell by an average of 5.1%.Photograph: Wavebreak Media/Alamy

The UK’s annual inflation rate fell to 2% in May, in line with the forecasts of City economists.

The Office for National Statistics compiles the overall reading using the consumer prices index but also logs prices for individual goods and services. Here we look at how the cost of many of those everyday items has changed over the past year.

In each case, the figure is the percentage change in the average price over the 12 months to May.


Olive oil 39.1%
Sugar 7.9%
Sauces and condiments -0.8%
Pork 1.2%
Pasta products and couscous 0.4%
Vegetables 2.5%
Eggs 2.5%
Fruit 2.6%
Ready-made meals 3.8%
Cheese and curd -3.9%
Bread 1.9%
Fish -3.1%
Jams, marmalades and honey -6.2%
Low-fat milk -2.8%
Butter -4.4%
Whole milk -5.5%

Drinks & tobacco

Cocoa and powdered chocolate 19.5%
Fruit and vegetable juices 1.6%
Mineral or spring waters 4.5%
Tea 9.8%
Soft drinks 3.4%
Coffee -0.4%
Beer 5.6%
Wine 6.2%
Spirits 5.7%
Tobacco 9.8%

Electricity, gas and other fuels

Electricity -21%
Gas -37.5%
Solid fuels -2.5%
Liquid fuels 7%

Clothing and shoes

Garments for infants and children 2.6%
Garments for women 3.5%
Garments for men 3.4%
Footwear 1.1%

Household items and furniture

Cookers -3.6%
Carpets and rugs 0.2%
Garden furniture -22.4%
Lighting equipment 0.5%
Household furniture -2.7%

Vehicles and passenger transport

By bus and coach 8.4%
By sea and inland waterway 12.4%
By air -2.1%
By train 6.3%
New cars 1.8%
Bicycles -1%
Motorcycles -2.8%
Second-hand cars -11.2%
Petrol 3.1%
Diesel 1.1%

Hospitality and recreation

Holiday centres, campsites and youth hostels 12.2%
Restaurants and cafes 5.9%
Museums 7.1%
Fast food and takeaway food services 5.6%
Cinemas, theatres and concerts 7.6%
Hotels and motels 6.6%

Other recreational items

Veterinary and other services for pets 9.3%
Garden products 1.8%
Products for pets -5.1%
Games, toys and hobbies -2.7%