How much did things cost in 1973?

These are the prices of a some items from 1973:

1973 priceInflation adjusted
Gallon of petrol39p£3.60
Bottle of whisky (Haig) (Co-op)£2.45£23
Bottle of sherry (Harvey's Bristol Cream) (Co-op)£1.45£14
Watneys Party 4 (Co-op)45p£4.20
Watneys Party 7 (Mac Markets)78p£7.30
Pint of beer18½p£1.70
20 cigarettes26½p£2.50
Pint of milk5½p51p
Large loaf of bread11½p£1.10
22" Pye colour TV (Currys)£208.90£1,900
24" Ferguson black & white TV (Currys)£61.75£580
The Daily Mirror newspaper3p28p
Average house price£9,000.00£84,000
½lb Lurpack Danish butter (Tesco)10½p98p
Nescafé 8oz coffee (Tesco)54p£5
Can of Coke (Mac Markets)5½p 51p
Ford Cortina car£1,075.00£10,000
Polaris refridgerator (Currys)£30.95£290
Hotpoint Supermatic twin tub washing machine (Currys)£73.36£680
Bendix Autowasher Deluxe automatic washing machine (Currys)£106.95£1,000
Golden Wonder crisps 2½p23p
One dozen large white eggs32p£3
1lb Stork Soft margarine (Tesco) 12½p£1.20

Average wages

Pools wins

In June 1973 Mr Denis Plant won £362,550 with Littlewoods Pools. Allowing for inflation that would be worth £3 million today.


The inflation adjusted prices are based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

For a comparison of prices in 1973 adjusted for incomes see Income adjusted prices for 1973

By Steven Braggs, updated May 2022

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The inflation adjusted price for 20 cigarettes looks wrong compared to all the other values.

Should be more like £2+.


I agree. It does look wrong. I'll have a look


Hi Steven,

Thanks - glad I understand it and not going mad!

Love your site.


Yes it was wrong. I have updated it thanks

Is there any chance of adding to the lists? Items such as: Recordings (ie vinyl 'records' for the 1960's - 1980's, CDs from 1985. 'Videos' (ie VHS)for the 1980s. Clothes (say, based on an 'average-priced national retailer - such as M&S.
Hi Caroline, It is going to be from 1975 to 1976. According to Shaw's retail price guide for June 1975 an 8oz jar of Marmite cost 45p. The guide was for small shops. Tesco might have been cheaper. So I would say 1975-1976. Best regards
Caroline Ellis
I have an 8oz jar of Marmite with a 46p price tag on it. What date do you think that would have been from Thanks
Hi Jenny, Please let me know what things you are trying to find. Thanks Steven

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