UK inflation rate in 1916: 18.18%

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Inflation in 1916 and Its Effect on Pound Value

Purchasing power decreased by 18.18% in 1916 compared to 1915. On average, you would have to spend 18.18% more money in 1916 than in 1915 for the same item.

In other words, £1 in 1915 is equivalent in purchasing power to about £1.18 in 1916.

The 1915 inflation rate was 12.24%. The inflation rate in 1916 was 18.18%. The 1916 inflation rate is higher compared to the average inflation rate of 4.42% per year between 1916 and 2019.

Inflation rate is calculated by change in the composite price index (CPI). The CPI in 1916 was 13.00. It was 11.00 in the previous year, 1915. The difference in CPI between the years is used by the Office for National Statistics to officially determine inflation.

Inflation from 1915 to 1916
Average inflation rate 18.18%
Converted amount (£1 base) £1.18
Price difference (£1 base) £0.18
CPI in 1915 11.000
CPI in 1916 13.000
Inflation in 1915 12.24%
Inflation in 1916 18.18%

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

How to Calculate Inflation Rate for £1, 1915 to 1916

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1916CPI in 1915
1915 GBP value
1916 GBP value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The UK CPI was 11 in the year 1915 and 13 in 1916:


£1 in 1915 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as £1.18 in 1916.

To get the total inflation rate for the 1 years between 1915 and 1916, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1916 - CPI in 1915CPI in 1915
Cumulative inflation rate (1 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

13 - 1111

News headlines from 1915

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

  • French troops force Germans back into the Champagne region, suffering losses of 50,000 men and gaining several hundred yards.
  • Germany uses poison gas for the first time in World War I.
  • Almost 430,000 French, British, and Germans are killed in the Battle of Loos.
  • The one-millionth Model T is produced by Ford Motor Company.

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 1916 | UK Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 18 Apr. 2019,

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