UK inflation rate in 1954: 1.98%

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Inflation in 1954 and Its Effect on Pound Value

Purchasing power decreased by 1.98% in 1954 compared to 1953. On average, you would have to spend 1.98% more money in 1954 than in 1953 for the same item.

In other words, £1 in 1953 is equivalent in purchasing power to about £1.02 in 1954.

The 1953 inflation rate was 3.05%. The inflation rate in 1954 was 1.98%. The 1954 inflation rate is lower compared to the average inflation rate of 5.21% per year between 1954 and 2019.

Inflation rate is calculated by change in the composite price index (CPI). The CPI in 1954 was 41.30. It was 40.50 in the previous year, 1953. The difference in CPI between the years is used by the Office for National Statistics to officially determine inflation.

Inflation from 1953 to 1954
Average inflation rate 1.98%
Converted amount (£1 base) £1.02
Price difference (£1 base) £0.02
CPI in 1953 40.500
CPI in 1954 41.300
Inflation in 1953 3.05%
Inflation in 1954 1.98%

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

How to Calculate Inflation Rate for £1, 1953 to 1954

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1954CPI in 1953
1953 GBP value
1954 GBP value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The UK CPI was 40.5 in the year 1953 and 41.3 in 1954:


£1 in 1953 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as £1.02 in 1954.

To get the total inflation rate for the 1 years between 1953 and 1954, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1954 - CPI in 1953CPI in 1953
Cumulative inflation rate (1 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

41.3 - 40.540.5

News headlines from 1953

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

  • Harry Truman announces that America had developed a hydrogen bomb.
  • Francis Crick and James Watson announce the discovery of the DNA molecule.
  • Doctor Jonas Salk announces the creation of a polio vaccine.

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 1954 | UK Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 23 May. 2019,

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