Business Outputs and Development Division
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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 value of cross-border (inward and outward) mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity involving UK companies increased in Q3 2012, despite a decrease in the number of transactions.
Acquisitions abroad by UK companies (outward acquisitions) increased from £6.8 billion in Q3 2011 to £7.8 billion in Q3 2012. However, the number of transactions decreased from 77 in Q3 2011 to nine in Q3 2012.
Acquisitions in the UK by foreign companies (inward acquisitions) increased from £5.1 billion in Q3 2011 to £8.6 billion in Q3 2012. The number of transactions fell in Q3 2012 to 31, compared with 68 in the same quarter of the previous year.
Cross-border M&A activity involving UK companies continued to be dominated by large companies, a trend seen for the last three years.
Mergers and acquisitions between UK companies (domestic M&A) fell in Q3 2012 to its lowest level since 1992 (current price basis).
Latest data on domestic and overseas acquisitions and mergers.
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