UK inflation rate in 1972: 7.13%

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Inflation in 1972 and Its Effect on Pound Value

Purchasing power decreased by 7.13% in 1972 compared to 1971. On average, you would have to spend 7.13% more money in 1972 than in 1971 for the same item.

In other words, £1 in 1971 is equivalent in purchasing power to about £1.07 in 1972.

The 1971 inflation rate was 9.44%. The inflation rate in 1972 was 7.13%. The 1972 inflation rate is higher compared to the average inflation rate of 5.62% per year between 1972 and 2019.

Inflation rate is calculated by change in the composite price index (CPI). The CPI in 1972 was 85.70. It was 80.00 in the previous year, 1971. The difference in CPI between the years is used by the Office for National Statistics to officially determine inflation.

Inflation from 1971 to 1972
Average inflation rate 7.13%
Converted amount (£1 base) £1.07
Price difference (£1 base) £0.07
CPI in 1971 80.000
CPI in 1972 85.700
Inflation in 1971 9.44%
Inflation in 1972 7.13%

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

How to Calculate Inflation Rate for £1, 1971 to 1972

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1972CPI in 1971
1971 GBP value
1972 GBP value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The UK CPI was 80 in the year 1971 and 85.7 in 1972:


£1 in 1971 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as £1.07 in 1972.

To get the total inflation rate for the 1 years between 1971 and 1972, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1972 - CPI in 1971CPI in 1971
Cumulative inflation rate (1 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

85.7 - 8080

News headlines from 1971

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

  • Idi Amin declares himself president of Uganda.
  • The Nasdaq Composite stock market index debuts with fifty companies and a starting value of 100.
  • Indian troops, aided by Bengali guerrillas under Mukti Bahini, are victorious over the Pakistan army, in the battle of Garibpur.

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 1972 | UK Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 19 Apr. 2019,

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