How much did things cost in 1976?

These are the prices of some items from 1976:

1976 priceInflation adjusted
Gallon of petrol77p£4.40
Bottle of whisky (Haig) (Peter Dominic)£3.75£21
Bottle of sherry (Harvey's Bristol Cream) (Sainsbury's)£1.78£10
Pint of beer33p£1.90
20 cigarettes45p£2.60
Pint of milk9p51p
20" GEC colour TV (Currys)£209.95£1,200
12" Hitachi P20 portable black & white TV (Currys)£69.95£400
Sinclair Cambridge pocket calculator (Currys)£8.95£51
Daily Mirror newspaper5p to 6p28p to 34p
Average house price£12,000.00£68,000
½lb Delecando butter (Tesco)16p91p
Nescafé 4oz coffee (Tesco)46p£2.60
Can of coke (Key Markets)9½p 54p
Ford Cortina car£2026.00£12,000
Zoppas fridge-freezer (Currys)£145.95£830
Hotpoint twin tub washing machine (Currys)£112.95£640
Hoover automatic washing machine (Currys)£144.95£820
Golden Wonder crisps (family pack) (Tesco)19½p£1.10
One dozen large white eggs43p£2.40
½lb Stork soft margarine (Tesco) 10½p60p

Average weekly wages

Notes:

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

For a comparison of prices in 1976 adjusted for incomes see Income adjusted prices for 1976

By Steven Braggs, updated May 2022

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CHRIS ENGLISH

I was a junior clerk at Emgas and took home £28 a week after leaving school in 1976.

Phil Wildish

I was an apprentice carpenter in 1976, my first week's wages were the princely sum of £22.50, for a 60-hour working week, I was getting .49 pence an hour.

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