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Release: Balance of Payments, Q3 2012

Released: 21 December 2012 Next edition: 27 March 2013

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Marilyn Thomas

Balance of Payments

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Categories: Economy, National Accounts, Balance of Payments

Frequency of release: Quarterly

Language: English

Geographical coverage: UK

Geographical breakdown: UK

  • The United Kingdom’s (UK) current account deficit was £12.8 billion in the third quarter of 2012, down from a revised deficit of £17.4 billion in the previous quarter. The deficit in the third quarter equated to 3.3% of GDP at current market prices.

  • The trade deficit narrowed to £8.3 billion in the third quarter of 2012, down from £11.0 billion in the previous quarter.

  • The income balance switched to a surplus of £1.2 billion, from a deficit of £1.0 billion in the second quarter of 2012.

  • The financial account recorded net inward investment of £5.8 billion during the third quarter of 2012.

  • The international investment position recorded UK net liabilities of £317.4 billion at the end of the third quarter of 2012.

Contains summary of balance of payments accounts and detailed statistics for the current account including - trade in goods and services, income, current and capital transfers, transactions in UK external assets and liabilities, and levels of identified assets and liabilities.

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