As with most cross-border economic statistics, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) values fluctuate in response to currency movements. This short note outlines the expected impact of the recent depreciation in sterling and outlines how these developments have impacted on UK FDI statistics.


The United Kingdom Statistics Authority has designated these statistics as National Statistics, in accordance with the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 and signifying compliance with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.

Designation can be broadly interpreted to mean that the statistics:

  • meet identified user needs
  • are well explained and readily accessible
  • are produced according to sound methods
  • are managed impartially and objectively in the public interest

Once statistics have been designated as National Statistics it is a statutory requirement that the Code of Practice shall continue to be observed.