UK inflation rate in 1999: 1.54%

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UK Inflation Rate, 1999-2017 (£1)

The composite price index (CPI) in 1999 was 652.5. 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 2.76% per year. Prices in 2017 are 63.3% higher than prices in 1999.

In other words, £1 in the year 1999 is equivalent to £1.63 in 2017, a difference of £0.63 over 18 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 1999 to 2017
Cumulative price change 63.27%
Average inflation rate 2.76%
Price difference (£1 base) £0.63
CPI in 1999 652.5
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 1999

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2017 / CPI in 1999 * 1999 GBP value = 2017 GBP value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The UK CPI was 652.5 in the year 1999 and 1065.34818 in 2017:

1065.34818 / 652.5 * £1 = £1.63

£1 in 1999 has the same "purchasing power" as £1.63 in 2017.


News headlines from 1999

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

  • NATO begins its bombardment of Yugoslavia in the Kosovo War marking the first time NATO attacked a sovereign country.
  • 13 killed, 24 injured in the Columbine High School Massacre.
  • Slobodan Milosevic and four others are indicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia, for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Kosovo.

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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