UK inflation rate in 1947: 7.04%

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Inflation in 1947 and Its Effect on Pound Value

Purchasing power decreased by 7.04% in 1947 compared to the previous year, 1946. On average, you would have to spend 7.04% more money in 1947 than in 1946 for the same item.

In other words, £1 in 1946 is equivalent in purchasing power to £1.07 in 1947.

The 1946 inflation rate was 3.05%. The inflation rate in 1947 was 7.04%. The 1947 inflation rate is higher compared to the average inflation rate of 5.26% per year between 1947 and 2018.

Inflation rate is calculated by change in the composite price index (CPI). The CPI in 1947 was 28.9. It was 27 in the previous year, 1946. The difference in CPI between the years is used by the Office for National Statistics to officially determine inflation.

Inflation from 1946 to 1947
Average inflation rate 7.04%
Converted amount (£1 base) £1.07
Price difference (£1 base) £0.07
CPI in 1946 27.000
CPI in 1947 28.900
Inflation in 1946 3.05%
Inflation in 1947 7.04%

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

How to Calculate Inflation Rate for £1, 1946 to 1947

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1947CPI in 1946
1946 GBP value
1947 GBP value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The UK CPI was 27 in the year 1946 and 28.9 in 1947:


£1 in 1946 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as £1.07 in 1947.

To get the total inflation rate for the 1 years between 1946 and 1947, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1947 - CPI in 1946CPI in 1946
Cumulative inflation rate (1 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

28.9 - 2727

News headlines from 1946

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

  • The United Nations General Assembly meets for the first time in London.
  • President Harry Truman sets up the Central Intelligence Agency or CIA.
  • The US State Department releases the Acheson-Lilenthal Report outlining a plan for how the US can limit nuclear power internationally, marking the beginning of Cold War.
  • Twenty-two Nazi leaders found guilty of war crimes during the Nuremburg trials.

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 1947 | UK Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 17 Dec. 2018, is a reference website maintained by the Official Data Foundation.

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