£1 in 1926 is equivalent in purchasing power to about £0.97 in 1927.
The pound had an average **deflation** rate of -2.70% per year since 1926, producing a cumulative price change of -2.70%.
Purchasing power *increased* by 2.70% in 1927 compared to 1926. On average, you would have to spend 2.70% *less* money in 1927 than in 1926 for the same item.
This is an example of **deflation**.

This means that prices in 1927 are 2.7% lower than average prices since 1926, according to the Office for National Statistics composite price index.

The 1926 inflation rate was -0.54%. The inflation rate in 1927 was -2.70%. The 1927 inflation rate is lower compared to the average inflation rate of 4.53% per year between 1927 and 2021.

Inflation rate is calculated by change in the composite price index (CPI). The CPI in 1927 was 18.00. It was 18.50 in the previous year, 1926. The difference in CPI between the years is used by the Office for National Statistics to officially determine inflation. Because the 1927 CPI is less than 1926 CPI, negative inflation (also known as deflation) has occurred.

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Average inflation rate | -2.70% |

Converted amount (£1 base) | £0.97 |

Price difference (£1 base) | £-0.03 |

CPI in 1926 | 18.500 |

CPI in 1927 | 18.000 |

Inflation in 1926 | -0.54% |

Inflation in 1927 | -2.70% |

£1 in 1926 | £0.97 in 1927 |

Our calculations use the following inflation rate formula to calculate the change in value between 1926 and 1927:

CPI in 1927
CPI in 1926

×

1926 GBP value

=

1927 GBP value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.K. CPI was 18.5 in the year 1926 and 18 in 1927:

1818.5

×

£1

=

£1 in 1926 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as £0.97 in 1927.

To get the total inflation rate for the 1 years between 1926 and 1927, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1927 - CPI in 1926CPI in 1926

×

100

=

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

18 - 18.518.5

×

100

=

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

- Abdulaziz Ibn Saud is declared King of Nejd and Hejaz.
- In support of striking coal miners, Trade Union Congress calls for a general strike one minute to midnight, known as the British General Strike.
- Trotsky and his followers are thrown out by the Russian Politburo.
- Autonomy inside the British Commonwealth is gained after the Imperial Conference.

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 1927 | UK Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 19 Oct. 2021, https://www.officialdata.org/UK-inflation-rate-in-1927.

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in2013dollars.com is a reference website maintained by the Official Data Foundation.

Average inflation rate | -2.70% |

Converted amount (£1 base) | £0.97 |

Price difference (£1 base) | £-0.03 |

CPI in 1926 | 18.500 |

CPI in 1927 | 18.000 |

Inflation in 1926 | -0.54% |

Inflation in 1927 | -2.70% |

£1 in 1926 | £0.97 in 1927 |