UK inflation rate in 1989: 7.78%

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UK Inflation Rate, 1989-2017 (£1)

The composite price index (CPI) in 1989 was 454.5. 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 3.09% per year. Prices in 2017 are 134.4% higher than prices in 1989.

In other words, £1 in the year 1989 is equivalent to £2.34 in 2017, a difference of £1.34 over 28 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 1989 to 2017
Cumulative price change 134.40%
Average inflation rate 3.09%
Price difference (£1 base) £1.34
CPI in 1989 454.5
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 1989

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2017 / CPI in 1989 * 1989 GBP value = 2017 GBP value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The UK CPI was 454.5 in the year 1989 and 1065.34818 in 2017:

1065.34818 / 454.5 * £1 = £2.34

£1 in 1989 has the same "purchasing power" as £2.34 in 2017.


News headlines from 1989

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

  • Chinese troops kill an estimated 1,000 students protesting at Tiananmen Square.
  • The first (partially) free elections take place in Poland, bringing democracy to Eastern Europe for the first time in 40 years. (Won by the Solidarity Party)
  • The demolition of the Berlin Wall begins.
  • Presidents George H. W. Bush and Mikhail Gorbachev, declare that the Cold War has ended.

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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