UK inflation rate in 1973: 9.10%

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Inflation in 1973 and Its Effect on Pound Value

Purchasing power decreased by 9.10% in 1973 compared to 1972. On average, you would have to spend 9.10% more money in 1973 than in 1972 for the same item.

In other words, £1 in 1972 is equivalent in purchasing power to about £1.09 in 1973.

The 1972 inflation rate was 7.13%. The inflation rate in 1973 was 9.10%. The 1973 inflation rate is higher compared to the average inflation rate of 5.55% per year between 1973 and 2019.

Inflation rate is calculated by change in the composite price index (CPI). The CPI in 1973 was 93.50. It was 85.70 in the previous year, 1972. The difference in CPI between the years is used by the Office for National Statistics to officially determine inflation.

Inflation from 1972 to 1973
Average inflation rate 9.10%
Converted amount (£1 base) £1.09
Price difference (£1 base) £0.09
CPI in 1972 85.700
CPI in 1973 93.500
Inflation in 1972 7.13%
Inflation in 1973 9.10%

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

How to Calculate Inflation Rate for £1, 1972 to 1973

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1973CPI in 1972
1972 GBP value
1973 GBP value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The UK CPI was 85.7 in the year 1972 and 93.5 in 1973:


£1 in 1972 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as £1.09 in 1973.

To get the total inflation rate for the 1 years between 1972 and 1973, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1973 - CPI in 1972CPI in 1972
Cumulative inflation rate (1 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

93.5 - 85.785.7

News headlines from 1972

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

  • The US's costliest natural disaster, Hurricane Agnes, causes 119 deaths and $3 billion damage.
  • The US Senate,ratifies the first Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.
  • A member of the terrorist group Black September kills eleven Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics.
  • Pong, the first commercially successful video game is released by the co-founder of Atari.

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.

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