UK inflation rate in 1945: 2.75%

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UK Inflation Rate, 1945-2018 (£1)

The composite price index (CPI) in 1945 was 26.2. the Office for National Statistics uses this CPI value to track inflation on a monthly basis.

According to the Office for National Statistics composite price index, the pound experienced an average inflation rate of 5.25% per year. Prices in 2018 are 4085.5% higher than prices in 1945.

In other words, £1 in the year 1945 is equivalent in purchasing power to £41.85 in 2018, a difference of £40.85 over 73 years.

The current inflation rate in 2018 is 3.10%1. If this number holds, £1 today will be equivalent to £1.03 next year.

Inflation from 1945 to 2018
Cumulative price change 4085.46%
Average inflation rate 5.25%
Price difference (£1 base) £40.85
CPI in 1945 26.2
CPI in 2018 1096.59148

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

How to calculate the inflation rate for £1 since 1945

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2018 / CPI in 1945 * 1945 GBP value = 2018 GBP value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The UK CPI was 26.2 in the year 1945 and 1096.59148 in 2018:

1096.59148 / 26.2 * £1 = £41.85

£1 in 1945 has the same "purchasing power" as £41.85 in 2018.

News headlines from 1945

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

  • The USSR captures Budapest from Germany in a battle that kills 159,000 people.
  • The US Fleet captures Iwo Jima.
  • 1,500 US Navy ships bomb Okinawa: the operation is believed to be the largest of World War II
  • Iwo Jima is occupied by America, costing 6,000 American lives and a further 18,000 Japanese lives.
  • Buchenwald, the first Nazi concentration camp, is liberated.

Inflation Data Source

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.

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