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UK outstrips other EU nations as top investment destination

UK outstrips other EU nations as top investment destination

The total value of foreign investment stock into the UK by the end of 2018 increased by 5% to $1,890 billion, according to OECD.

  • Staff Reporter
  • April 30, 2019
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Data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) published today shows the total value of foreign investment stock into the UK by the end of 2018 increased by 5% to $1,890 billion.

The figures confirm the UK as the leading destination for foreign direct investment in Europe, and the third most significant in the world, behind the US and China.

As of December 2018, the UK holds more inwards investment stock than Germany ($920bn), Spain ($659bn) and Poland ($229) combined.

"The latest OECD figures show the UK remains one of the world’s most attractive destinations for foreign investment. Those who would talk down Britain’s economic performance are proven wrong once again," International Trade Secretary, Dr Liam Fox MP, said.

Mr Fox noted that foreign direct investment creates jobs, deepen ties with key markets around the world and underpin Britain’s credentials "as the global champion of free trade".

"We are the investment capital of Europe attracting far more than any of our closest competitors. International investors continue to recognise the fundamental strengths of our economy – everything from our predictable legal system to our world leading financial services," he concluded. 

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