Business Outputs and Developments Division
Telephone: +44 (0)1633 456455
Frequency of release: Annually
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
Net investment flows into the UK (inward investment) increased in 2012 to £35.4 billion (current prices), from £28.9 billion in 2011. However, both of these estimates are well below flows of net investment into the UK seen between 2005 and 2007.
The net flow of direct investment abroad by UK companies (outward investment) decreased from £60.1 billion in 2011 to £26.5 billion in 2012, a fall of £33.6 billion.
Net investment flows (outward investment) to Europe declined sharply in 2012 compared with 2011, falling from a net investment of £27.3 billion in 2011 to a net disinvestment of £0.7 billion in 2012.
Most sectors involved in net investment abroad (outward investment) saw a decline in 2012, most notably within the services sector, falling from an investment of £42.2 billion in 2011 to an investment of £0.03 billion in 2012. This decline was mainly in the information and communication, financial services and the electricity, gas, water and waste industries.
The net position of direct investment abroad by UK companies stood at £1,088 billion (£1.1 trillion) by the end of 2012 (current prices). This was similar to levels reported at the end of 2011 and 2008. The net position of direct investment in the UK by overseas companies at the end of 2012 was estimated at £936 billion, an increase on the value reported at the end of 2011 (£793 billion).
Net earnings from direct investment by UK companies’ abroad (outward earnings) amounted to £80.2 billion in 2012. This was a decrease of £19.8 billion on the amount earned in 2011 and a return to similar levels seen in 2010. Net earnings from FDI in the UK (inward earnings) decreased slightly in 2012 to £42.7 billion (current prices), a decrease of £1.7 billion on the amount reported in 2011.
These National Statistics are produced to high professional standards and released according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.