UK inflation rate in 1988: 4.90%

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UK Inflation Rate, 1988-2017 (£1)

The composite price index (CPI) in 1988 was 421.7. the Office for National Statistics uses this CPI value to track inflation on a monthly basis.

According to the Office for National Statistics, the pound experienced an average inflation rate of 3.25% per year. Prices in 2017 are 152.6% higher than prices in 1988.

In other words, £1 in the year 1988 is equivalent to £2.53 in 2017, a difference of £1.53 over 29 years.

The current inflation rate in 2017 is 2.70%1. If this number holds, £1 today will be equivalent to £1.03 next year.

Inflation from 1988 to 2017
Cumulative price change 152.63%
Average inflation rate 3.25%
Price difference (£1 base) £1.53
CPI in 1988 421.7
CPI in 2017 1065.34818

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

How to calculate the inflation rate for £1 since 1988

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2017 / CPI in 1988 * 1988 GBP value = 2017 GBP value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The UK CPI was 421.7 in the year 1988 and 1065.34818 in 2017:

1065.34818 / 421.7 * £1 = £2.53

£1 in 1988 has the same "purchasing power" as £2.53 in 2017.

News headlines from 1988

Politics and news often play an important role in economic performance.

  • The USSR withdraws its troops from Afghanistan.
  • Iran and Iraq, announce a ceasefire after 8 years of war.
  • Approximately 50,000 Kurdish civilians and soldiers are killed by Iraq.
  • Mikhail Gorbachev Chairman becomes president of the USSR.
  • Benazir Bhutto becomes the first female leader of a Muslim country in Pakistan

Inflation Data Source: This calculator uses 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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