Apr 2, 2020
Online prices of flu medication in UK soar as coronavirus fears spread
Prices for online purchases of a basket of 25 high-demand products in the UK surged by more than 1 per cent in the past week, driven by huge increases for flu medications as fears of coronavirus contagion spread. Online prices of the goods, which also include rice, tissues and pasta, rose 1.1 per cent in the week to March 29 compared with the previous week, according to experimental statistics from the Office for National Statistics released on Thursday. Cough and cold medication saw by far the biggest price increase, jumping 10.7 per cent, followed by pet food and paracetamol - which rose 3.1 per cent and 2.8 per cent respectively. Flour rose 1.9 per cent and rice 1.4 per cent. In contrast, the online cost of toilet paper was almost unchanged, while anti-bacterial wipes dropped 2.8 per cent in price. The 1.1 per cent increase in one week compares with a 1.7 per cent rise in all the consumer goods in the inflation basket over a year in February.
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