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What does this guide contain? Information about indices, percentage changes, weights, average prices and historical data.
What is RPI data? The Retail Prices Index (RPI) is the most familiar general purpose domestic measure of inflation in the United Kingdom. It is available continuously from June 1947. The Government uses it for uprating of pensions, benefits and index-linked gilts. It is commonly used in private contracts for uprating of maintenance payments and housing rents. It is also used for wage bargaining.
Where can I find the All Items RPI? All items RPI data, along with All items excluding mortgage interest payments (optionally excluding indirect taxes) and All items excluding housing data are available in a number of places including 'Time Series Data' and 'RPI monthly data'.
RPI index values since 1947 are available from the RP02 table, RPI rates since 1948 are available from the RP04 table and RPI excluding mortgage interest rates are available from the RPIX table.
Where can I find other data after 1987? 'Focus On Consumer Price Indices' contains a detailed breakdown of RPI data including indices, weights, percentage changes and average prices in tabular form. The 'Time Series Data' service provides these same series in a choice of alternative formats.
Where can I find data before 1987? The article 'Consumer Price Inflation 1947 to 2004' includes spreadsheets containing indices, weights, percentage changes and average prices. It also lists the price indicators used in various years since 1947.
Inflation figures back to 1750 are available in the article 'Consumer Price Inflation since 1750'.
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