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# UK inflation rate in 1899: 1.15%

### Inflation in 1899 and Its Effect on Pound Value

Purchasing power decreased by 1.15% in 1899 compared to 1898. On average, you would have to spend 1.15% more money in 1899 than in 1898 for the same item.

In other words, £1 in 1898 is equivalent in purchasing power to about £1.01 in 1899.

The 1898 inflation rate was 0.00%. The inflation rate in 1899 was 1.15%. The 1899 inflation rate is lower compared to the average inflation rate of 4.12% per year between 1899 and 2019.

Inflation rate is calculated by change in the composite price index (CPI). The CPI in 1899 was 8.80. It was 8.70 in the previous year, 1898. The difference in CPI between the years is used by the Office for National Statistics to officially determine inflation.

 Average inflation rate 1.15% Converted amount (£1 base) £1.01 Price difference (£1 base) £0.01 CPI in 1898 8.700 CPI in 1899 8.800 Inflation in 1898 0.00% Inflation in 1899 1.15%

### How to Calculate Inflation Rate for £1, 1898 to 1899

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1899CPI in 1898
×
1898 GBP value
=
1899 GBP value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The UK CPI was 8.7 in the year 1898 and 8.8 in 1899:

8.88.7
×
£1
=
£1.01

£1 in 1898 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as £1.01 in 1899.

To get the total inflation rate for the 1 years between 1898 and 1899, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1899 - CPI in 1898CPI in 1898
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (1 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

8.8 - 8.78.7
×
100
=
1%

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

• Anglo-Egyptian forces defeat the Sudanese army in the Battle of Atbara River
• Spanish-American War begins between U.S. and Spain after rising tensions and U.S. blockade of Cuba.
• The diesel internal combustion engine is patented by Rudolf Diesel.
• Radium is discovered by scientists Pierre and Marie Curie.

### 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 1899 | UK Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 23 Oct. 2019, https://www.officialdata.org/UK-inflation-rate-in-1899.