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Release: Balance of Payments, 4th Quarter and Annual 2011

Released: 28 March 2012 Next edition: 28 June 2012

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John Bundey

Balance of Payments

bop@ons.gsi.gov.uk

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Categories: Economy, National Accounts, Balance of Payments

Frequency of release: Quarterly

Language: English

Geographical coverage: UK

Geographical breakdown: UK

  • The UK’s current account deficit was £8.5 billion in the fourth quarter of 2011, down from a revised deficit of £10.5 billion in the previous quarter.

  • The trade deficit reduced to £7.1 billion in the fourth quarter of 2011, down from £8.8 billion the previous quarter.

  • The income surplus was £4.6 billion, up from £4.0 billion in the third quarter of 2011.

  • The financial account recorded net inward investment of £15.3 billion during the fourth quarter of 2011.

  • The international investment position recorded UK net liabilities of £201.9 billion at the end of the fourth quarter 2011.

  • In 2011, the UK’s current account deficit was £29.0 billion.

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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