According to the Office for National Statistics, the pound experienced an average inflation rate of 2.94% per year. Prices in 2017 are 12582.7% higher than prices in 1850.
In other words, £1 in the year 1850 is equivalent to £126.83 in 2017, a difference of £125.83 over 167 years.
The current inflation rate in 2017 is 2.70%1. If this number holds, £1 today will be equivalent to £1.03 next year.
|Cumulative price change||12582.72%|
|Average inflation rate||2.94%|
|Price difference (£1 base)||£125.83|
|CPI in 1850||8.4|
|CPI in 2017||1065.34818|
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.
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