UK inflation rate in 1896: -1.16%

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Inflation in 1896 and Its Effect on Pound Value

Purchasing power increased by 1.16% in 1896 compared to 1895. On average, you would have to spend 1.16% less money in 1896 than in 1895 for the same item. This is an example of deflation.

In other words, £1 in 1895 is equivalent in purchasing power to about £0.99 in 1896.

The 1895 inflation rate was -1.15%. The inflation rate in 1896 was -1.16%. The 1896 inflation rate is lower compared to the average inflation rate of 4.05% per year between 1896 and 2019.

Inflation rate is calculated by change in the composite price index (CPI). The CPI in 1896 was 8.50. It was 8.60 in the previous year, 1895. The difference in CPI between the years is used by the Office for National Statistics to officially determine inflation. Because the 1896 CPI is less than 1895 CPI, negative inflation (also known as deflation) has occurred.

Inflation from 1895 to 1896
Average inflation rate -1.16%
Converted amount (£1 base) £0.99
Price difference (£1 base) £-0.01
CPI in 1895 8.600
CPI in 1896 8.500
Inflation in 1895 -1.15%
Inflation in 1896 -1.16%

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

How to Calculate Inflation Rate for £1, 1895 to 1896

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1896CPI in 1895
1895 GBP value
1896 GBP value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The UK CPI was 8.6 in the year 1895 and 8.5 in 1896:


£1 in 1895 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as £0.99 in 1896.

To get the total inflation rate for the 1 years between 1895 and 1896, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1896 - CPI in 1895CPI in 1895
Cumulative inflation rate (1 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

8.5 - 8.68.6

News headlines from 1895

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

  • Italy invades Abyssinia (Ethiopia today).
  • First Sino-Japanese war finishes after signing the Treaty of Shimonoseki.
  • Electromagnetic radiation in a wavelength range today known as X-rays were produced by Wilhelm Rontgen, a German physicist.
  • The Nobel Prize is established in the will of Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel.

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 1896 | UK Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 18 Apr. 2019,

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