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Release: Foreign Direct Investment, 2012

Released: 05 December 2013 Next edition: 06 February 2014


Ciara Williams

Business Outputs and Developments Division

Telephone: +44 (0)1633 456455

Categories: Economy, National Accounts, Balance of Payments

Frequency of release: Annually

Language: English

Geographical coverage: UK

Geographical breakdown: UK

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


Please note, as of 12:00 on 5 December 2013, the World Totals for 2011 in Tables 2.1 to 4.1 previously published at 09:30 on 5 December 2013 have been amended. This is due to the discovery of a calculation error. Associated commentary and charts in the statistical bulletin have been changed to reflect this. This correction does not change the overall message or story within this release.

Key points

The key points from this release are:
  • The UK’s inward investment position reached a record high in 2012 (£936 billion) and its outward investment position remained similar to 2011 levels (£1,088 billion).

  • UK companies saw a large decrease in their net investment flows overseas in 2012 (from £60.1 billion in 2011 to £26.5 billion in 2012).

  • Net investment flows to Europe from UK companies showed a disinvestment of £0.7 billion in 2012, a substantial decrease from £27.3 billion in the previous year.

  • Net investment flows into the UK by foreign companies continued to increase during 2012, from £28.9 billion in 2011 to £35.4 billion in 2012. Net inflows in 2012 were slightly above 2010 figures, but well below those prior to 2009.

  • Net earnings from investments made by UK companies abroad decreased from £100.0 billion in 2011 to £80.2 billion in 2012.

  • Net earnings from investments in the UK by overseas companies decreased slightly from £44.4 billion in 2011 to £42.7 billion in 2012.
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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