UK inflation rate in 2013: 3.04%

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Inflation in 2013 and Its Effect on Pound Value

Purchasing power decreased by 3.04% in 2013 compared to 2012. On average, you would have to spend 3.04% more money in 2013 than in 2012 for the same item.

In other words, £1 in 2012 is equivalent in purchasing power to about £1.03 in 2013.

The 2012 inflation rate was 3.21%. The inflation rate in 2013 was 3.04%. The 2013 inflation rate is higher compared to the average inflation rate of 2.16% per year between 2013 and 2019.

Inflation rate is calculated by change in the composite price index (CPI). The CPI in 2013 was 986.70. It was 957.60 in the previous year, 2012. The difference in CPI between the years is used by the Office for National Statistics to officially determine inflation.

Inflation from 2012 to 2013
Average inflation rate 3.04%
Converted amount (£1 base) £1.03
Price difference (£1 base) £0.03
CPI in 2012 957.600
CPI in 2013 986.700
Inflation in 2012 3.21%
Inflation in 2013 3.04%

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

How to Calculate Inflation Rate for £1, 2012 to 2013

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2013CPI in 2012
2012 GBP value
2013 GBP value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The UK CPI was 957.6 in the year 2012 and 986.7 in 2013:


£1 in 2012 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as £1.03 in 2013.

To get the total inflation rate for the 1 years between 2012 and 2013, we use the following formula:

CPI in 2013 - CPI in 2012CPI in 2012
Cumulative inflation rate (1 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

986.7 - 957.6957.6

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.

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 2013 | UK Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 19 Apr. 2019,

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