UK inflation rate in 2012: 3.21%

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UK Inflation Rate, 2012-2018 (£1)

The composite price index (CPI) in 2012 was 957.6. the Office for National Statistics uses this CPI value to track inflation on a monthly basis.

According to the Office for National Statistics composite price index, the pound experienced an average inflation rate of 2.28% per year. Prices in 2018 are 14.5% higher than prices in 2012.

In other words, £1 in the year 2012 is equivalent in purchasing power to £1.15 in 2018, a difference of £0.15 over 6 years.

The current inflation rate in 2018 is 3.10%1. If this number holds, £1 today will be equivalent to £1.03 next year.

Inflation from 2012 to 2018
Cumulative price change 14.51%
Average inflation rate 2.28%
Price difference (£1 base) £0.15
CPI in 2012 957.6
CPI in 2018 1096.59148

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

How to calculate the inflation rate for £1 since 2012

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2018 / CPI in 2012 * 2012 GBP value = 2018 GBP value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The UK CPI was 957.6 in the year 2012 and 1096.59148 in 2018:

1096.59148 / 957.6 * £1 = £1.15

£1 in 2012 has the same "purchasing power" as £1.15 in 2018.

News headlines from 2012

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

  • Wikileaks discloses 5 million emails from Stratfor, a private intelligence company.
  • Kim Jong-un is officially appointed as Supreme Leader of North Korea.
  • Ecuador guarantees political asylum to Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks.

Inflation Data Source

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.

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