UK inflation rate in 1889: 1.15%

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Inflation since 1889 and its effect on pound value

The composite price index (CPI) in 1889 was 8.8. It was 8.7 in the previous year. This change in CPI is used by the Office for National Statistics to calculate inflation.

According to the Office for National Statistics composite price index, the pound experienced an average inflation rate of 3.81% per year. Prices in 2018 are 12,380.36% higher than prices in 1889.

In other words, £100 in 1889 is equivalent in purchasing power to £12,480.36 in 2018, a difference of £12,380.36 over 129 years.

The current inflation rate is now 2.20%1. If this number holds, £100 today will be equivalent to £102.20 next year.

Inflation from 1889 to 2018
Cumulative price change 12380.36%
Average inflation rate 3.81%
Converted amount (£100 base) £12,480.36
Price difference (£100 base) £12,380.36
CPI in 1889 8.8
CPI in 2018 1098.27186


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


How to calculate the inflation rate for £100 since 1889

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2018 / CPI in 1889 * 1889 GBP value = 2018 GBP value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The UK CPI was 8.8 in the year 1889 and 1098.27186 in 2018:

1098.27186 / 8.8 * £100 = £12,480.36

£100 in 1889 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as £12,480.36 in 2018.


Buying power of £100 since 1889

This chart shows calculations of buying power equivalence over time for £100 in 1889 (price index tracking began in 1750).

According to the Office for National Statistics, each of these GBP amounts below is equal in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year GBP Value Inflation Rate
1889 £100.00 1.15%
1890 £100.00 0.00%
1891 £101.14 1.14%
1892 £101.14 0.00%
1893 £100.00 -1.12%
1894 £98.86 -1.14%
1895 £97.73 -1.15%
1896 £96.59 -1.16%
1897 £98.86 2.35%
1898 £98.86 0.00%
1899 £100.00 1.15%
1900 £104.55 4.55%
1901 £104.55 0.00%
1902 £104.55 0.00%
1903 £105.68 1.09%
1904 £105.68 0.00%
1905 £105.68 0.00%
1906 £105.68 0.00%
1907 £106.82 1.08%
1908 £106.82 0.00%
1909 £107.95 1.06%
1910 £109.09 1.05%
1911 £109.09 0.00%
1912 £112.50 3.13%
1913 £111.36 -1.01%
1914 £111.36 0.00%
1915 £125.00 12.24%
1916 £147.73 18.18%
1917 £185.23 25.38%
1918 £226.14 22.09%
1919 £248.86 10.05%
1920 £287.50 15.53%
1921 £262.50 -8.70%
1922 £226.14 -13.85%
1923 £212.50 -6.03%
1924 £211.36 -0.53%
1925 £211.36 0.00%
1926 £210.23 -0.54%
1927 £204.55 -2.70%
1928 £204.55 0.00%
1929 £202.27 -1.11%
1930 £196.59 -2.81%
1931 £188.64 -4.05%
1932 £184.09 -2.41%
1933 £179.55 -2.47%
1934 £179.55 0.00%
1935 £180.68 0.63%
1936 £181.82 0.63%
1937 £188.64 3.75%
1938 £190.91 1.20%
1939 £196.59 2.98%
1940 £229.55 16.76%
1941 £254.55 10.89%
1942 £272.73 7.14%
1943 £281.82 3.33%
1944 £289.77 2.82%
1945 £297.73 2.75%
1946 £306.82 3.05%
1947 £328.41 7.04%
1948 £353.41 7.61%
1949 £363.64 2.89%
1950 £375.00 3.13%
1951 £409.09 9.09%
1952 £446.59 9.17%
1953 £460.23 3.05%
1954 £469.32 1.98%
1955 £489.77 4.36%
1956 £514.77 5.10%
1957 £532.95 3.53%
1958 £550.00 3.20%
1959 £552.27 0.41%
1960 £557.95 1.03%
1961 £577.27 3.46%
1962 £602.27 4.33%
1963 £613.64 1.89%
1964 £634.09 3.33%
1965 £663.64 4.66%
1966 £689.77 3.94%
1967 £707.95 2.64%
1968 £740.91 4.65%
1969 £780.68 5.37%
1970 £830.68 6.40%
1971 £909.09 9.44%
1972 £973.86 7.13%
1973 £1,062.50 9.10%
1974 £1,232.95 16.04%
1975 £1,531.82 24.24%
1976 £1,785.23 16.54%
1977 £2,068.18 15.85%
1978 £2,239.77 8.30%
1979 £2,539.77 13.39%
1980 £2,996.59 17.99%
1981 £3,352.27 11.87%
1982 £3,640.91 8.61%
1983 £3,807.95 4.59%
1984 £3,997.73 4.98%
1985 £4,240.91 6.08%
1986 £4,385.23 3.40%
1987 £4,568.18 4.17%
1988 £4,792.05 4.90%
1989 £5,164.77 7.78%
1990 £5,653.41 9.46%
1991 £5,985.23 5.87%
1992 £6,209.09 3.74%
1993 £6,307.95 1.59%
1994 £6,460.23 2.41%
1995 £6,684.09 3.47%
1996 £6,845.45 2.41%
1997 £7,060.23 3.14%
1998 £7,302.27 3.43%
1999 £7,414.77 1.54%
2000 £7,634.09 2.96%
2001 £7,769.32 1.77%
2002 £7,898.86 1.67%
2003 £8,127.27 2.89%
2004 £8,369.32 2.98%
2005 £8,605.68 2.82%
2006 £8,880.68 3.20%
2007 £9,261.36 4.29%
2008 £9,630.68 3.99%
2009 £9,579.55 -0.53%
2010 £10,021.59 4.61%
2011 £10,543.18 5.20%
2012 £10,881.82 3.21%
2013 £11,212.50 3.04%
2014 £11,477.27 2.36%
2015 £11,590.91 0.99%
2016 £11,787.95 1.70%
2017 £12,211.70 3.59%
2018 £12,480.36 2.20%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

News headlines from 1889

Politics and news often influence economic performance. Here's what was happening at the time:

  • George Eastman's Kodak flexible rolled films are sold for the first time.
  • The World Fair, "Exposition Universelle" opens in Paris, after the completion of the Eiffel Tower.
  • Nintendo Koppai is founded by Fusajiro Yamauchi, whose goal was to produce and market Hanafuda, card game. The company is today known as Nintendo Company, Limited

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 1889 | UK Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 19 Jul. 2018, https://www.officialdata.org/UK-inflation-rate-in-1889.

in2013dollars.com is a reference website maintained by the Official Data Foundation.


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