According to the Office for National Statistics composite price index, prices in 1839 are 1.8% lower than average prices throughout 1840. The pound experienced an average inflation rate of 1.83% per year during this period, meaning the real value of a dollar decreased.
In other words, £1 in 1840 is equivalent in purchasing power to about £0.98 in 1839.
The 1839 inflation rate was 6.86%. The inflation rate in 1840 was 1.83%. The 1840 inflation rate is lower compared to the average inflation rate of 2.61% per year between 1840 and 2019.
|Average inflation rate||1.83%|
|Converted amount (£1 base)||£0.98|
|Price difference (£1 base)||£-0.02|
|CPI in 1840||11.100|
|CPI in 1839||10.900|
|Inflation in 1839||6.86%|
|Inflation in 1840||1.83%|
This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:
Then plug in historical CPI values. The UK CPI was 11.1 in the year 1840 and 10.9 in 1839:
£1 in 1840 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as £0.98 in 1839.
To get the total inflation rate for the 1 years between 1839 and 1840, we use the following formula:
Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:
Politics and news often influence economic performance. Here's what was happening at the time:
Raw data for these calculations comes from the composite price index published by the UK Office for National Statistics (ONS). A composite index is created by combining price data from several different published sources, both official and unofficial. The Consumer Price Index, normally used to compute inflation, has only been tracked since 1988. All inflation calculations after 1988 use the Office for National Statistics' Consumer Price Index, except for 2017, which is based on The Bank of England's forecast.
You may use the following MLA citation for this page: “£1 in 1840 → 1839 | UK Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 20 Jul. 2019, https://www.officialdata.org/1840-GBP-in-1839?amount=1.
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