Economic Surveys Division
Telephone: +44 (0)1633 456455
Frequency of release: Quarterly
Geographical coverage: UK
Geographical breakdown: UK and GB
Survey name(s): Mergers & Acquisitions, Investment in UK Companies by Foreign Companies, Investment in UK Companies by Other UK Companies, Investment in Foreign Companies by UK Companies, Disinvestment in Foreign Companies by UK Companies, Disinvestment in UK Companies by Foreign Companies, Deferred Payment Invested in UK Companies by other UK Companies, Deferred Payment Investment/Disinvestment in Foreign Companies by UK Companies, Deferred Payment Investment/Disinvestment in UK Companies by Foreign Companies
The values of inward, outward and domestic acquisitions all decreased in quarter one 2012 compared with the previous quarter. Overall the value of mergers and acquisitions involving UK companies remains low.
Expenditure on acquisitions abroad by UK companies (outward acquisitions) fell from £12.6 billion in quarter four 2011 to £0.7 billion in quarter one 2012. This is the lowest quarterly level for acquisitions since the series began in quarter one 1987.
The value of acquisitions in the UK by foreign companies (inward acquisitions) fell from £12.4 billion in quarter four 2011 to £3.9 billion in the first quarter of 2012, the lowest value reported since quarter two 2010 when the value was £2.8 billion.
Domestic acquisitions (acquisitions in the UK by other UK companies) fell from £1.8 billion in quarter four 2011 to £1.1 billion in quarter one 2012, the lowest value since 2009 (£0.7 billion).
The net value of cross border transactions reported for quarter one 2012 is minus £5.3 billion. This indicates that foreign companies invested in UK companies (inward investment) to a greater extent than UK companies had invested abroad (outward investment).
Latest data on domestic and overseas acquisitions and mergers.