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Summary of the National Balance Sheet, 2013 Estimates

Released: 15 August 2013 Download PDF

Figure 1: Estimated UK total net worth 1987-2012 at current prices

Figure 1: Estimated UK total net worth 1987-2012 at current prices
Source: Office for National Statistics

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  • This annual bulletin provides estimates of the market value of financial and non-financial assets in the United Kingdom for 2012. This is a measure of the wealth of the UK and is available by sector, for example households and non-financial corporations, and type of asset, for example dwellings, transport equipment and loans. The data are used to monitor economic performance, inform monetary and fiscal policy decisions as well as for international comparisons.  

  • Without removing the effects of inflation, estimates of UK total net worth more than trebled in the 25 years from 1987 to 2012.

  • UK total net worth at the end of 2012 was estimated at £7.3 trillion; this was equivalent to approximately £114,000 per head of population or £275,000 per household.

  •  The main reason for the increase in the UK total net worth between 2011 and 2012 was the increase in the estimated net worth of households and non-profit institutions serving households, for example charities, universities and churches.

  • Non-financial corporations provided the largest downward pressure on total UK net worth between 2011 and 2012. This was mainly attributed to decreases in their estimated net worth of shares and other equity, which decreased by nearly 20%.

  • Dwellings were the most valuable non-financial asset in the UK. They have steadily increased in value in recent years, except for a fall in 2008. In 2012 they were 60% of the value of UK non-financial assets.

Source: Office for National Statistics

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