Business investment in the United Kingdom declined 0.3 percent on quarter in the first three months of 2020, worse than initial estimates of a flat reading and following a similar fall in the previous period, final estimates showed. It partially reflects the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the economy due to a lockdown imposed from mid-March. Investment in other buildings and structures as well as transport equipment went down, though these were partially offset by increases in investment in information and communication technology equipment, and other machinery and equipment. Year-on-year, business investment went up 0.8 percent. Meanwhile, gross fixed capital formation decreased by 1.1 percent on quarter, reflecting declines in government investment, dwellings investment and business investment.

Private Investment in the United Kingdom averaged 0.95 percent from 1967 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 51.50 percent in the first quarter of 1997 and a record low of -11.40 percent in the second quarter of 1985. This page provides - United Kingdom Business Investment- actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. United Kingdom Business Investment - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on July of 2020. source: Office for National Statistics

Private Investment in the United Kingdom is expected to be -12.00 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 0.50 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the United Kingdom Business Investment is projected to trend around 2.50 percent in 2021 and 0.80 percent in 2022, according to our econometric models.

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United Kingdom Business Investment

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
-0.30 -0.30 51.50 -11.40 1967 - 2020 percent Quarterly
Constant Prices 2013, SA


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2020-05-13 06:00 AM Business Investment QoQ Prel Q1 0% -0.5% -2.5% -3.3%
2020-05-13 06:00 AM Business Investment YoY Prel Q1 0.7% 1.8% -2.6%
2020-06-30 06:00 AM Business Investment YoY Final Q1 0.8% 2.3% 0.7% 0.7%
2020-06-30 06:00 AM Business Investment QoQ Final Q1 -0.3% -0.3% 0% 0%
2020-08-10 06:00 AM Business Investment QoQ Prel Q2 -0.3% -12%
2020-09-30 06:00 AM Business Investment QoQ Final Q2 -12%
2020-11-11 07:00 AM Business Investment QoQ Prel Q3 3.8%
2020-12-22 07:00 AM Business Investment QoQ Final Q3 3.8%


News Stream
UK Business Investment Shrinks 0.3% in Q1
Business investment in the United Kingdom declined 0.3 percent on quarter in the first three months of 2020, worse than initial estimates of a flat reading and following a similar fall in the previous period, final estimates showed. It partially reflects the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the economy due to a lockdown imposed from mid-March. Investment in other buildings and structures as well as transport equipment went down, though these were partially offset by increases in investment in information and communication technology equipment, and other machinery and equipment. Year-on-year, business investment went up 0.8 percent. Meanwhile, gross fixed capital formation decreased by 1.1 percent on quarter, reflecting declines in government investment, dwellings investment and business investment.
2020-06-30
UK Business Investment Stalls in Q1
Business investment in the UK showed no growth quarter-on-quarter in the three months to March of 2020, following a 0.5 percent drop in the previous period and compared to market forecasts of a 2.5 percent fall. Investment intentions had improved slightly at the start of 2020 following the general election in December 2019. However, the uncertainty created by the coronavirus developments in the last few weeks of the first quarter meant that some companies were "halting investment plans and retaining cash buffers, in particular in retail, leisure, travel and hospitality", though noting that companies in other sectors were planning to proceed with investment plans aimed at reducing staffing costs and improving efficiency. At the same time, Gross fixed capital formation (GFCF) fell by 1.0% in the first quarter of 2020, marking the second consecutive quarter of decline. The first quarter outcome reflected falls in investment in dwellings as well as government investment.
2020-05-13
UK Business Investment Shrinks Less than Expected
Business investment in the UK declined 0.5 percent quarter-on-quarter in the last three months of 2019, less than an initial estimate of a 1 percent drop and compares to a downwardly revised 0.7 percent gain in the previous period. It is the first decline in business investment in a year, amid higher uncertainty about Brexit. Year-on-year, business investment increased 1.8 percent, much better than 0.9 percent in the preliminary estimate and above 1.7 percent in the third quarter. At the same time, gross fixed capital formation fell 1.2 percent (-1.6 percent in the first estimate), driven by declines in investment in information and communication technology (ICT) equipment, dwellings and transport, though these were partially offset by an increase in investment in other buildings and structures. Considering full 2019, business investment rose 0.6 percent, reversing from a 1.5 percent fall in 2018.
2020-03-31
UK Business Investment Falls the Most in 3 Years
Business investment in the UK shrank 1 percent quarter-on-quarter in the last three months of 2019, following an upwardly revised 0.2 percent gain in the previous period and worse than market forecasts of a 0.6 percent fall. It is the biggest decline in business investment since the last three months of 2016, as heightened uncertainty is likely to have weighed on the willingness of firms to invest in capital, preliminary figures showed. At the same time, gross fixed capital formation (GFCF) fell by 1.6 percent, driven by declines in investment in information and communication technology (ICT) equipment, dwellings, transport, and intellectual property products, though these were partially offset by an increase in investment in other buildings and structures.
2020-02-11

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). .