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Statistics agency updates CPI basket after three-yearly review -. DVD players, sewing machines removed as technology advances. New Zealand has added craft beer to the basket of goods it monitors to measure inflation, reflecting changing tastes and consumer spending in the South Pacific nation. “New Zealand used to be called a country of rugby, racing and beer but spending patterns are changing,” Jason Attewell, senior manager at Statistics New Zealand in Wellington, said Friday. “Kiwis are increasingly keen on craft beer, body massages at beauty spas and football club memberships.”. Craft beer has surged in popularity in New Zealand, while high-speed internet has encouraged new web-based ser... Full story

12 January