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Release: Mergers and Acquisitions Involving UK Companies, Q4 2011

Released: 06 March 2012 Next edition: 06 June 2012
  • The values of inward, outward and domestic acquisitions all increased in quarter four 2011 compared with the previous quarter.

  • Expenditure on acquisitions in the UK by foreign companies (inward acquisitions) increased to £11.7 billion in quarter four 2011 from £5.2 billion in quarter three 2011. This is the highest quarterly value for inward acquisitions reported since quarter three 2010. For 2011 as a whole the total value of inward acquisitions was £32.0 billion, a decrease of £4.7 billion from the 2010 value of £36.6 billion.

  • The value of acquisitions abroad by UK companies (outward acquisitions) rose to £12.0 billion in quarter four 2011 from £6.8 billion in the previous quarter. In 2011 overall, the total value of outward acquisitions was £50.8 billion, the highest value reported since 2007(£57.8 billion).

  • Expenditure on acquisitions in the UK by UK companies (domestic acquisitions) increased slightly to £1.4 billion in quarter four 2011 from £1.3 billion in quarter three. For 2011 as a whole the total value of domestic acquisitions was £7.6 billion. This is the lowest annual value for domestic acquisitions reported since 1993 (£7.1 billion) on current price basis.

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