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Release: Balance of Payments, Q3 2013

Released: 20 December 2013 Next edition: 28 March 2014

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Craig Taylor

Balance of Payments

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Categories: Economy, National Accounts, Balance of Payments, Capital Account for Balance of Payments, Current Accounts for Balance of Payments, External Debt Statement, Financial Account Flows, Geographical Analysis of Balance of Payments, International Investment Position

Frequency of release: Quarterly

Language: English

Geographical coverage: UK

Geographical breakdown: UK

  • The United Kingdom’s (UK) current account deficit was £20.7 billion in Quarter 3 2013, up from a revised deficit of £6.2 billion in Quarter 2 2013. The deficit in Quarter 3 2013 equated to 5.1% of GDP at current market prices, up from 1.5% in Quarter 2 2013.

  • The trade deficit widened to £10.0 billion in Quarter 3 2013, from £5.0 billion in Quarter 2 2013. 

  • The income balance switched to a deficit of £3.7 billion in Quarter 3 2013, from a surplus of £6.0 billion in Quarter 2 2013. 

  • The financial account recorded net inward investment of £30.0 billion during Quarter 3 2013. 

  • The international investment position recorded UK net assets of £97.6 billion at the end of Quarter 3 2013. 

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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