More than 2,500 everyday products have shrunk in size over the last five years, but their prices have not, official figures have revealed.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has found 2,529 items – mostly food and drink – which had shrunk in size but not price between January 2012 and June this year. Sweets, chocolate, sugar, jams and syrups were among the worst 'shrinkflation' offenders.
The ONS report cited well-publicised size reductions of chocolate such as Toblerone, and other household items such as loo roll, coffee, sausages, beer and chips.
The study found that over the same five-year period just 614 products had increased in size without any notable price increase.
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