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Release: Foreign Direct Investment, 2011 SB

Released: 06 December 2012 Next edition: 07 February 2013


Ciara Williams-Fletcher

Business Outputs and Development Division

Telephone: +44 (0)1633 456455

Categories: Business and Energy, Businesses, International Trade, Foreign Direct Investment, Economy, National Accounts, Balance of Payments

Frequency of release: Annually

Language: English

Geographical coverage: UK

Geographical breakdown: UK and GB

Survey name(s): Annual Inquiry into Direct Investment Abroad, Annual Inquiry into Direct Investment in the UK, Quarterly Outward Foreign Direct Investment Survey, Quarterly Inward Foreign Direct Investment Survey

  • UK companies continued to increase their net investment overseas in 2011 (£68.2 billion), the highest value since 2008.

  • Inward investment flows into the UK continued to fall during 2011, decreasing to £31.9 billion, the smallest inflow since 2004, although the rate of decrease appears to be slowing.

  • The UK’s outward and inward investment positions reach record highs in 2011 (£1098.2 billion and £766.2 billion respectively).

  • Net earnings from outward investment by UK companies stood at £101.6 billion in 2011, the highest value since records began in 1958.

  • In 2011, net earnings from direct investment in the UK are recovering from the large fall seen in 2008. Earnings from investment in the UK by overseas companies increased from £37.6 billion in 2010 to £43.6 billion in 2011, the highest value since 2007.

  • Net investment abroad by UK companies may indicate strong growth in some emerging markets such as China and India.

Provides a detailed breakdown of UK foreign direct investment flows, positions (stocks) and earnings (both inward and outward), by country, component and industry.

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