Business investment in the United Kingdom increased 0.4 percent in the first quarter of 2019, rebounding from a 0.9 percent fall in the previous period but below market expectations and a preliminary reading of a 0.5 percent gain, final figures showed. It is the first increase in business investment after four quarters of contraction, as buildings and structures; intellectual property products contributed positively while transport equipment partially offset the increase. Year-on-year, business investment went down 1.5 percent, after a 2.5 percent decrease in the last quarter of 2018 and compared to market forecasts and a preliminary 1.4 percent fall. The Bank of England, in its most recent Agents’ summary of business conditions, stated that “Brexit uncertainty as the main reason for holding back investment, with some choosing instead to build cash reserves or inventories. However, companies continued to invest in replacing essential kit, or in projects with a short pay-back period”. Private Investment in the United Kingdom averaged 1.03 percent from 1967 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 63.70 percent in the second quarter of 2005 and a record low of -33.70 percent in the third quarter of 2005.

Private Investment in the United Kingdom is expected to be -2.20 percent by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Private Investment in the United Kingdom to stand at 0.10 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the United Kingdom Business Investment is projected to trend around 0.70 percent in 2020, according to our econometric models.

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Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2019-05-10 08:30 AM Business Investment YoY Prel Q1 -1.4% -2.5% -2.7% -3.6%
2019-05-10 08:30 AM Business Investment QoQ Prel Q1 0.5% -0.9% -0.6% -1%
2019-06-28 08:30 AM Business Investment QoQ Final Q1 0.4% -0.9% 0.5% 0.5%
2019-06-28 08:30 AM Business Investment YoY Final Q1 -1.5% -2.5% -1.4% -1.4%
2019-08-09 08:30 AM Business Investment QoQ Prel Q2 0.4% -2.2%
2019-09-30 08:30 AM Business Investment QoQ Final Q2 -2.2%
2019-11-11 09:30 AM Business Investment QoQ Prel Q3 -1.6%


United Kingdom Business Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Business Confidence -13.00 -23.00 55.00 -75.00 Index Points [+]
Manufacturing PMI 48.00 49.40 61.50 34.40 [+]
Services PMI 50.20 51.00 62.50 40.10 Index Points [+]
Industrial Production 0.90 -1.10 22.70 -11.90 percent [+]
Industrial Production Mom 1.40 -2.90 9.90 -8.00 percent [+]
Manufacturing Production 0.00 -1.00 19.60 -16.90 percent [+]
Capacity Utilization 80.70 81.30 85.20 38.00 percent [+]
New Orders 11975.00 10747.00 25109.00 9381.00 GBP Million [+]
Factory Orders -15.00 -10.00 21.00 -79.00 Net Balance [+]
Changes in Inventories 5711.00 4241.00 11295.00 -11441.00 GBP Million [+]
Bankruptcies 4188.00 4725.00 6509.00 924.00 Companies [+]
Corporate Profits 115312.00 112291.00 115312.00 1024.00 GBP Million [+]
Zew Economic Sentiment Index -62.90 -63.70 61.00 -77.20 [+]
Car Production 116035.00 70971.00 185157.00 43773.00 Units [+]
Car Registrations 223421.00 183724.00 562337.00 33051.00 [+]
Small Business Sentiment -13.00 -31.00 40.00 -69.00 [+]
Internet Speed 16920.86 16337.23 16920.86 3085.89 KBps [+]
IP Addresses 27493519.00 26782989.00 27493519.00 13305856.00 IP [+]
Leading Economic Index 0.30 0.40 1.90 -2.10 percent [+]
Private Investment 0.40 -0.90 63.70 -33.70 percent [+]
Mining Production 4.00 -0.70 854.60 -90.50 percent [+]
Steel Production 650.00 644.00 2848.00 131.00 Thousand Tonnes [+]
Competitiveness Index 81.99 82.11 82.11 5.18 Points [+]
Competitiveness Rank 8.00 6.00 13.00 2.00 [+]
Composite Pmi 49.70 50.90 61.80 47.60 [+]
Crude Oil Rigs 15.00 15.00 32.00 3.00 [+]
Ease of Doing Business 9.00 7.00 11.00 5.00 [+]
Electricity Production 26136.00 28662.00 38520.00 16152.00 Gigawatt-hour [+]
Corruption Index 80.00 82.00 87.00 74.00 Points [+]
Corruption Rank 11.00 8.00 20.00 8.00 [+]


United Kingdom Business Investment

In the UK, business investment is net investment by private and public corporations. These include investments in transport, information and communication technology (ICT) equipment, other machinery and equipment, cultivated assets, intellectual property products (IPP, which includes investment in software, research and development, artistic originals and mineral exploration), and buildings and other structures. It does not include investment by central or local government, investment in dwellings, or the costs associated with the transfer of non-produced assets (such as land). . This page provides - United Kingdom Business Investment- actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. United Kingdom Business Investment - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on July of 2019.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
0.40 -0.90 63.70 -33.70 1967 - 2019 percent Quarterly
Constant Prices 2013, SA




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