UK inflation rate in 1955: 4.36%

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Inflation in 1955 and Its Effect on Pound Value

Purchasing power decreased by 4.36% in 1955 compared to 1954. On average, you would have to spend 4.36% more money in 1955 than in 1954 for the same item.

In other words, £1 in 1954 is equivalent in purchasing power to about £1.04 in 1955.

The 1954 inflation rate was 1.98%. The inflation rate in 1955 was 4.36%. The 1955 inflation rate is lower compared to the average inflation rate of 5.22% per year between 1955 and 2019.

Inflation rate is calculated by change in the composite price index (CPI). The CPI in 1955 was 43.10. It was 41.30 in the previous year, 1954. The difference in CPI between the years is used by the Office for National Statistics to officially determine inflation.

Inflation from 1954 to 1955
Average inflation rate 4.36%
Converted amount (£1 base) £1.04
Price difference (£1 base) £0.04
CPI in 1954 41.300
CPI in 1955 43.100
Inflation in 1954 1.98%
Inflation in 1955 4.36%

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

How to Calculate Inflation Rate for £1, 1954 to 1955

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1955CPI in 1954
1954 GBP value
1955 GBP value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The UK CPI was 41.3 in the year 1954 and 43.1 in 1955:


£1 in 1954 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as £1.04 in 1955.

To get the total inflation rate for the 1 years between 1954 and 1955, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1955 - CPI in 1954CPI in 1954
Cumulative inflation rate (1 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

43.1 - 41.341.3

News headlines from 1954

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

  • IBM gives the first public demonstration of a machine translation system in their New York, head office.
  • Colonel Gamal Abdal Nasser becomes Prime Minister of Egypt.
  • 7 years of fighting ends in Indochina after a formal peace agreement is made between the French and the Communist Viet Minh.

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 1955 | UK Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 19 Apr. 2019,

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