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The fun stuff is getting more expensive during the pandemic

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By Steve Goldstein, MarketWatch

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A Deliveroo driver collects an order from a Wagamama restaurant's deliveries entrance in Hackney on May 7, 2020 in London, England.

The fun stuff is getting more expensive during the pandemic.

Yes, U.K. consumer-price index growth slowed to a nearly four-year low of 0.8% in April from 1.5% in March, which was a touch weaker than the 0.9% growth rise in a FactSet-compiled economist poll. A drop in fuel prices had the biggest impact, the Office for National Statistics said on Wednesday.

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But there were certainly areas of price growth during the pandemic, and they seemed to be concentrated in what’s enjoyable.

Of the major categories, recreation and culture had the biggest upward shift, according to the statistician.

Prices for items like computer games consoles, preschool activity toys, craft kits, dolls, construction toys, and sit-and-ride toys advanced, as did computer software, CDs and DVDs, and media bought online. Book prices however collapsed by 14.5%.

Also rising — alcohol and tobacco, with whiskey prices in particular increasing.

Delivery or takeaway pizza prices shot up 7.3%, and takeaway burger prices jumped 4.6%.

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Steve Goldstein is MarketWatch markets editor for Europe. Follow him on Twitter: @MKTWgoldstein.

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