Business investment in the United Kingdom shrank 1.4 percent on quarter in the last three months of 2018, the most since the first quarter of 2016, following an upwardly revised 1.2 percent fall in the previous period. It is the fourth straight quarter of decline in business investment, preliminary estimates showed. Year-on-year, business investment dropped 3.7 percent, the most since first quarter of 2010, after an upwardly revised 1.9 percent fall in the previous quarter. In the latest Inflation Report, the Bank of England observe that this weakness appears to “primarily reflect Brexit and associated uncertainty”. This subdued picture has been corroborated in a range of business surveys, many of which cite the effect of heightened uncertainty. Private Investment in the United Kingdom averaged 1.03 percent from 1967 until 2018, 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 -1.00 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 -0.80 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
2018-11-09 09:30 AM Business Investment YoY Prel -1.9% -0.2% 1.2%
2018-12-21 09:30 AM Business Investment QoQ Final -1.1% -0.4% -1.2% -1.2%
2018-12-21 09:30 AM Business Investment YoY Final -1.8% 0.2% -1.9% -1.9%
2019-02-11 09:30 AM Business Investment QoQ Prel -1.4% -1.2% 0.2% -1.6%
2019-03-29 09:30 AM Business Investment QoQ Final -1.2% -1.4% -1.4%
2019-05-10 08:30 AM Business Investment QoQ Prel -1%
2019-06-28 08:30 AM Business Investment QoQ Final -1%


United Kingdom Business Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Business Confidence -23.00 -16.00 55.00 -75.00 Index Points [+]
Services PMI 51.30 50.10 62.50 40.10 Index Points [+]
Manufacturing PMI 52.00 52.60 61.50 34.40 [+]
Industrial Production -0.90 -0.90 22.70 -11.90 percent [+]
Industrial Production Mom 0.60 -0.50 9.90 -8.00 percent [+]
Manufacturing Production -1.10 -2.10 19.60 -16.90 percent [+]
Capacity Utilization 81.30 80.20 85.20 38.00 percent [+]
Factory Orders 1.00 6.00 21.00 -79.00 Net Balance [+]
New Orders 10747.00 11075.00 25109.00 9381.00 GBP Million [+]
Changes in Inventories 2734.00 2502.00 11295.00 -11441.00 GBP Million [+]
Bankruptcies 4725.00 4308.00 6509.00 924.00 Companies [+]
Corporate Profits 112291.00 114178.00 114178.00 1024.00 GBP Million [+]
Zew Economic Sentiment Index -57.00 -71.90 61.00 -77.20 [+]
Car Production 120649.00 78106.00 185157.00 43773.00 Units [+]
Car Registrations 81969.00 161013.00 562337.00 33051.00 [+]
Small Business Sentiment -31.00 -18.00 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 [+]
Mining Production -0.60 20.40 854.60 -90.50 percent [+]
Leading Economic Index 0.20 0.20 1.90 -2.10 percent [+]
Private Investment -1.40 -1.20 63.70 -33.70 percent [+]
Steel Production 520.00 800.00 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 51.50 50.30 61.80 47.60 [+]
Ease of Doing Business 9.00 7.00 11.00 5.00 [+]
Electricity Production 29953.00 29548.00 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 March of 2019.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
-1.40 -1.20 63.70 -33.70 1967 - 2018 percent Quarterly
Constant Prices 2013, SA




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Australia 2.00 Dec/18
Japan 5.70 Dec/18
Mexico -6.80 Dec/18
United Kingdom -1.40 Dec/18


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