UK inflation rate in 1969: 5.37%

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Inflation in 1969 and Its Effect on Pound Value

Purchasing power decreased by 5.37% in 1969 compared to 1968. On average, you would have to spend 5.37% more money in 1969 than in 1968 for the same item.

In other words, £1 in 1968 is equivalent in purchasing power to about £1.05 in 1969.

The 1968 inflation rate was 4.65%. The inflation rate in 1969 was 5.37%. The 1969 inflation rate is lower compared to the average inflation rate of 5.74% per year between 1969 and 2019.

Inflation rate is calculated by change in the composite price index (CPI). The CPI in 1969 was 68.70. It was 65.20 in the previous year, 1968. The difference in CPI between the years is used by the Office for National Statistics to officially determine inflation.

Inflation from 1968 to 1969
Average inflation rate 5.37%
Converted amount (£1 base) £1.05
Price difference (£1 base) £0.05
CPI in 1968 65.200
CPI in 1969 68.700
Inflation in 1968 4.65%
Inflation in 1969 5.37%

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

How to Calculate Inflation Rate for £1, 1968 to 1969

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1969CPI in 1968
1968 GBP value
1969 GBP value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The UK CPI was 65.2 in the year 1968 and 68.7 in 1969:


£1 in 1968 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as £1.05 in 1969.

To get the total inflation rate for the 1 years between 1968 and 1969, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1969 - CPI in 1968CPI in 1968
Cumulative inflation rate (1 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

68.7 - 65.265.2

News headlines from 1968

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

  • The Battle of Khe Sanh begins it is one of the most controversial battles of the Vietnam War.
  • A photograph that later became an anti-war icon, is taken: it captures Saigon police chief Nguyễn Ngọc Loan executing Viet Cong officer Nguyễn Văn Lém with a pistol shot to the head.
  • Martin Luther King Jr is assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee.
  • France becomes the world's 5th thermonuclear power after the Mururoa Atoll detonation.

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 1969 | UK Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 19 Apr. 2019,

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