UK inflation rate in 1924: -0.53%

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Inflation in 1924 and Its Effect on Pound Value

Purchasing power increased by 0.53% in 1924 compared to 1923. On average, you would have to spend 0.53% less money in 1924 than in 1923 for the same item. This is an example of deflation.

In other words, £1 in 1923 is equivalent in purchasing power to about £0.99 in 1924.

The 1923 inflation rate was -6.03%. The inflation rate in 1924 was -0.53%. The 1924 inflation rate is lower compared to the average inflation rate of 4.41% per year between 1924 and 2019.

Inflation rate is calculated by change in the composite price index (CPI). The CPI in 1924 was 18.60. It was 18.70 in the previous year, 1923. The difference in CPI between the years is used by the Office for National Statistics to officially determine inflation. Because the 1924 CPI is less than 1923 CPI, negative inflation (also known as deflation) has occurred.

Inflation from 1923 to 1924
Average inflation rate -0.53%
Converted amount (£1 base) £0.99
Price difference (£1 base) £-0.01
CPI in 1923 18.700
CPI in 1924 18.600
Inflation in 1923 -6.03%
Inflation in 1924 -0.53%

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

How to Calculate Inflation Rate for £1, 1923 to 1924

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1924CPI in 1923
1923 GBP value
1924 GBP value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The UK CPI was 18.7 in the year 1923 and 18.6 in 1924:


£1 in 1923 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as £0.99 in 1924.

To get the total inflation rate for the 1 years between 1923 and 1924, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1924 - CPI in 1923CPI in 1923
Cumulative inflation rate (1 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

18.6 - 18.718.7

News headlines from 1923

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

  • The inner burial chamber of the Pharaoh Tutankhamun's tomb is opened, leading to the finding of the sarcophagus by Howard Carter.
  • The Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio is founded.
  • Lenin's "Political Testament" is issued which calls for Stalin's removal.
  • In Germany, 5,000 storm troopers demonstrate against the 'November crime', Hitler is arrested after seeking to take advantage of the chaotic conditions.

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 1924 | UK Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 19 Apr. 2019,

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