UK inflation rate in 1768: -1.47%

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Inflation in 1768 and Its Effect on Pound Value

Purchasing power increased by 1.47% in 1768 compared to 1767. On average, you would have to spend 1.47% less money in 1768 than in 1767 for the same item. This is an example of deflation.

In other words, £1 in 1767 is equivalent in purchasing power to about £0.99 in 1768.

The 1767 inflation rate was 4.62%. The inflation rate in 1768 was -1.47%. The 1768 inflation rate is lower compared to the average inflation rate of 2.06% per year between 1768 and 2019.

Inflation rate is calculated by change in the composite price index (CPI). The CPI in 1768 was 6.70. It was 6.80 in the previous year, 1767. The difference in CPI between the years is used by the Office for National Statistics to officially determine inflation. Because the 1768 CPI is less than 1767 CPI, negative inflation (also known as deflation) has occurred.

Inflation from 1767 to 1768
Average inflation rate -1.47%
Converted amount (£1 base) £0.99
Price difference (£1 base) £-0.01
CPI in 1767 6.800
CPI in 1768 6.700
Inflation in 1767 4.62%
Inflation in 1768 -1.47%

UK inflation chart from 1988 to 2017. Based on the UK Consumer Price Index.

How to Calculate Inflation Rate for £1, 1767 to 1768

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1768CPI in 1767
1767 GBP value
1768 GBP value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The UK CPI was 6.8 in the year 1767 and 6.7 in 1768:


£1 in 1767 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as £0.99 in 1768.

To get the total inflation rate for the 1 years between 1767 and 1768, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1768 - CPI in 1767CPI in 1767
Cumulative inflation rate (1 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

6.7 - 6.86.8

Data Source & Citation

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: “Inflation Rate in 1768 | UK Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 21 Apr. 2019,

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