UK inflation rate in 1997: 3.14%

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Inflation in 1997 and Its Effect on Pound Value

Purchasing power decreased by 3.14% in 1997 compared to 1996. On average, you would have to spend 3.14% more money in 1997 than in 1996 for the same item.

In other words, £1 in 1996 is equivalent in purchasing power to about £1.03 in 1997.

The 1996 inflation rate was 2.41%. The inflation rate in 1997 was 3.14%. The 1997 inflation rate is higher compared to the average inflation rate of 2.72% per year between 1997 and 2019.

Inflation rate is calculated by change in the composite price index (CPI). The CPI in 1997 was 621.30. It was 602.40 in the previous year, 1996. The difference in CPI between the years is used by the Office for National Statistics to officially determine inflation.

Inflation from 1996 to 1997
Average inflation rate 3.14%
Converted amount (£1 base) £1.03
Price difference (£1 base) £0.03
CPI in 1996 602.400
CPI in 1997 621.300
Inflation in 1996 2.41%
Inflation in 1997 3.14%

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

How to Calculate Inflation Rate for £1, 1996 to 1997

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1997CPI in 1996
1996 GBP value
1997 GBP value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The UK CPI was 602.4 in the year 1996 and 621.3 in 1997:


£1 in 1996 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as £1.03 in 1997.

To get the total inflation rate for the 1 years between 1996 and 1997, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1997 - CPI in 1996CPI in 1996
Cumulative inflation rate (1 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

621.3 - 602.4602.4

News headlines from 1996

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

  • The Motorola StarTAC, the first clamshell flip phone, goes on sale worldwide.
  • Osama bin Laden issues "A declaration of war against the Americans occupying the land of the two holy places".
  • Bill Clinton signs the Welfare Reform Bill into law.

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 1997 | UK Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 19 Apr. 2019,

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