Business investment in the UK rose 8.8 percent on quarter in the third quarter of 2020, following a 26.5 percent slump in the previous period though it is still 20.5 percent below where it was at the end of 2019. Growth was driven by increases in investment in buildings, ICT equipment and transport, preliminary estimates showed. Year-on-year, business investment dropped 20.7 percent. source: Office for National Statistics

Private Investment in the United Kingdom averaged 0.96 percent from 1967 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 60.70 percent in the second quarter of 2005 and a record low of -33.70 percent in the third quarter of 2005. 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 November of 2020.

Private Investment in the United Kingdom is expected to be -2.00 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 0.60 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
8.80 -26.50 60.70 -33.70 1967 - 2020 percent Quarterly
Constant Prices 2013, SA


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2020-09-30 06:00 AM Business Investment QoQ Final Q2 -26.5% -0.5% -31.4%
2020-09-30 06:00 AM Business Investment YoY Final Q2 -26.1% 1.1% -31.3%
2020-11-12 07:00 AM Business Investment YoY Prel Q3 -20.7% -26.1% -17.6%
2020-11-12 07:00 AM Business Investment QoQ Prel Q3 8.8% -26.5% 15.9%
2020-12-22 07:00 AM Business Investment YoY Final Q3 -26.1% -20.7%
2020-12-22 07:00 AM Business Investment QoQ Final Q3 -26.5% 8.8%
2021-02-10 07:00 AM Business Investment YoY Prel Q4
2021-02-10 07:00 AM Business Investment QoQ Prel Q4


News Stream
UK Business Investment Rebounds in Q3
Business investment in the UK rose 8.8 percent on quarter in the third quarter of 2020, following a 26.5 percent slump in the previous period though it is still 20.5 percent below where it was at the end of 2019. Growth was driven by increases in investment in buildings, ICT equipment and transport, preliminary estimates showed. Year-on-year, business investment dropped 20.7 percent.
2020-11-12
UK Business Investment Drops Less than Initial Forecasts
Business investment in the United Kingdom fell by 26.5 percent on quarter in the three months to June 2020, less than initial estimates of a 31.4 percent drop. Still, it remains the biggest contraction ever and well above a 9.8 percent decline during the 2008 global crisis. There was a record fall in private sector dwellings investment, and a fall in associated transfer costs, reflecting lower activity in construction and the property market during the lockdown period. Meanwhile, government investment increased by 19.3 percent in the second quarter. Year-on-year, business investment went down 26.1 percent, also less than initial estimates of a 31.3 percent plunge.
2020-09-30
UK Business Investment Falls Most on Record
Business investment in the United Kingdom fell by 31.4 percent on quarter in the three months to June 2020. Excluding the effects of a reclassification in 2005, this was the largest quarterly fall on record due to the coronavirus pandemic and the government efforts to contain it. By comparison, business investment fell at most by 9.8 percent during the 2008 global economic downturn.
2020-08-12
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

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). .