UK inflation rate in 1974: 16.04%

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Inflation in 1974 and Its Effect on Pound Value

Purchasing power decreased by 16.04% in 1974 compared to 1973. On average, you would have to spend 16.04% more money in 1974 than in 1973 for the same item.

In other words, £1 in 1973 is equivalent in purchasing power to about £1.16 in 1974.

The 1973 inflation rate was 9.10%. The inflation rate in 1974 was 16.04%. The 1974 inflation rate is higher compared to the average inflation rate of 5.33% per year between 1974 and 2019.

Inflation rate is calculated by change in the composite price index (CPI). The CPI in 1974 was 108.50. It was 93.50 in the previous year, 1973. The difference in CPI between the years is used by the Office for National Statistics to officially determine inflation.

Inflation from 1973 to 1974
Average inflation rate 16.04%
Converted amount (£1 base) £1.16
Price difference (£1 base) £0.16
CPI in 1973 93.500
CPI in 1974 108.500
Inflation in 1973 9.10%
Inflation in 1974 16.04%

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

How to Calculate Inflation Rate for £1, 1973 to 1974

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1974CPI in 1973
1973 GBP value
1974 GBP value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The UK CPI was 93.5 in the year 1973 and 108.5 in 1974:


£1 in 1973 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as £1.16 in 1974.

To get the total inflation rate for the 1 years between 1973 and 1974, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1974 - CPI in 1973CPI in 1973
Cumulative inflation rate (1 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

108.5 - 93.593.5

News headlines from 1973

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

  • President Richard Nixon announces the end of the Vietnam War.
  • The longest war in American history finishes after William Rogers and Nguyen Duy Trinh of US and North Vietnam's army sign a cease-fire.
  • The IRA attacks London for the first time following the arrests of 10 of its members.
  • The Senate Watergate Committee begins its hearings.

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 1974 | UK Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 19 Apr. 2019,

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