UK inflation rate in 2005: 2.82%

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Inflation in 2005 and Its Effect on Pound Value

Purchasing power decreased by 2.82% in 2005 compared to 2004. On average, you would have to spend 2.82% more money in 2005 than in 2004 for the same item.

In other words, £1 in 2004 is equivalent in purchasing power to about £1.03 in 2005.

The 2004 inflation rate was 2.98%. The inflation rate in 2005 was 2.82%. The 2005 inflation rate is lower compared to the average inflation rate of 2.84% per year between 2005 and 2019.

Inflation rate is calculated by change in the composite price index (CPI). The CPI in 2005 was 757.30. It was 736.50 in the previous year, 2004. The difference in CPI between the years is used by the Office for National Statistics to officially determine inflation.

Inflation from 2004 to 2005
Average inflation rate 2.82%
Converted amount (£1 base) £1.03
Price difference (£1 base) £0.03
CPI in 2004 736.500
CPI in 2005 757.300
Inflation in 2004 2.98%
Inflation in 2005 2.82%

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

How to Calculate Inflation Rate for £1, 2004 to 2005

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2005CPI in 2004
2004 GBP value
2005 GBP value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The UK CPI was 736.5 in the year 2004 and 757.3 in 2005:


£1 in 2004 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as £1.03 in 2005.

To get the total inflation rate for the 1 years between 2004 and 2005, we use the following formula:

CPI in 2005 - CPI in 2004CPI in 2004
Cumulative inflation rate (1 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

757.3 - 736.5736.5

News headlines from 2004

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

  • The Humanitarian Ceasefire Agreement is signed by the Sudanese government and two rebel groups.
  • Massachusetts becomes the first United States state to legalize same-sex marriage.
  • The Indonesian elections are won by Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

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 2005 | UK Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 19 Apr. 2019,

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