UK inflation rate in 1968: 4.65%

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Inflation in 1968 and Its Effect on Pound Value

Purchasing power decreased by 4.65% in 1968 compared to 1967. On average, you would have to spend 4.65% more money in 1968 than in 1967 for the same item.

In other words, £1 in 1967 is equivalent in purchasing power to about £1.05 in 1968.

The 1967 inflation rate was 2.64%. The inflation rate in 1968 was 4.65%. The 1968 inflation rate is lower compared to the average inflation rate of 5.74% per year between 1968 and 2019.

Inflation rate is calculated by change in the composite price index (CPI). The CPI in 1968 was 65.20. It was 62.30 in the previous year, 1967. The difference in CPI between the years is used by the Office for National Statistics to officially determine inflation.

Inflation from 1967 to 1968
Average inflation rate 4.65%
Converted amount (£1 base) £1.05
Price difference (£1 base) £0.05
CPI in 1967 62.300
CPI in 1968 65.200
Inflation in 1967 2.64%
Inflation in 1968 4.65%

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

How to Calculate Inflation Rate for £1, 1967 to 1968

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1968CPI in 1967
1967 GBP value
1968 GBP value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The UK CPI was 62.3 in the year 1967 and 65.2 in 1968:


£1 in 1967 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as £1.05 in 1968.

To get the total inflation rate for the 1 years between 1967 and 1968, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1968 - CPI in 1967CPI in 1967
Cumulative inflation rate (1 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

65.2 - 62.362.3

News headlines from 1967

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

  • The largest US airborne assault since WWII occurs in Vietnam, known as Operation Junction City: 25,000 United States and South Vietnamese troops attack the Viet Cong.
  • The world's first ATM machine is installed in London.
  • The 6-day War begins between Israel and the Arabs.

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 1968 | UK Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 23 May. 2019,

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