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BoP Current Account Balance SA £m

£ -32,593 m

2016 Q1

Release date:
30 June 2016

Next release:
30 September 2016
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UK Balance of Payments, The Pink Book: 2016

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  • The deterioration in the current account balance in recent years, leading to a record deficit of 5.4% as a percentage of nominal GDP in 2015, was largely due to UK earnings on assets overseas falling relative to the earnings of foreign investors in the UK.
  • In 2015, the UK recorded the largest current account deficit as a percentage of GDP among the G7 economies.
  • UK exports grew faster than world exports in 2015, for the first time since 2006. Within this the UK has seen increased trade activity in goods with non-EU countries, with their share exceeding that of EU countries in the last four years.
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