UK inflation rate in 2002: 1.67%

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Inflation in 2002 and Its Effect on Pound Value

Purchasing power decreased by 1.67% in 2002 compared to 2001. On average, you would have to spend 1.67% more money in 2002 than in 2001 for the same item.

In other words, £1 in 2001 is equivalent in purchasing power to about £1.02 in 2002.

The 2001 inflation rate was 1.77%. The inflation rate in 2002 was 1.67%. The 2002 inflation rate is lower compared to the average inflation rate of 2.85% per year between 2002 and 2019.

Inflation rate is calculated by change in the composite price index (CPI). The CPI in 2002 was 695.10. It was 683.70 in the previous year, 2001. The difference in CPI between the years is used by the Office for National Statistics to officially determine inflation.

Inflation from 2001 to 2002
Average inflation rate 1.67%
Converted amount (£1 base) £1.02
Price difference (£1 base) £0.02
CPI in 2001 683.700
CPI in 2002 695.100
Inflation in 2001 1.77%
Inflation in 2002 1.67%

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

How to Calculate Inflation Rate for £1, 2001 to 2002

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2002CPI in 2001
2001 GBP value
2002 GBP value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The UK CPI was 683.7 in the year 2001 and 695.1 in 2002:


£1 in 2001 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as £1.02 in 2002.

To get the total inflation rate for the 1 years between 2001 and 2002, we use the following formula:

CPI in 2002 - CPI in 2001CPI in 2001
Cumulative inflation rate (1 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

695.1 - 683.7683.7

News headlines from 2001

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

  • The Netherlands becomes the first country to legalize same sex marriage.
  • Two passenger planes are hijacked by terrorists who then crash them into New York's Twin Towers, killing 2,752 people.
  • Another plane is crashed into the Pentagon killing 125 people.
  • George W Bush establishes The Department of Homeland Security.

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 2002 | UK Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 19 Apr. 2019,

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