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 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.
Latest data on domestic and overseas acquisitions and mergers.