Business investment in the United Kingdom dropped 1.1 percent on quarter in the three months to September of 2018, following an upwardly revised 0.4 percent fall in the previous period, and below than a preliminary reading and market expectations of a 1.2 percent decline, final estimates showed. It is the third consecutive quarter-on-quarter fall in business investment and the first time it declines for more than two straight quarters since the economic downturn of 2008 to 2009, mainly driven by transport, and information and communication technology (ICT) equipment and other machinery and equipment, which contributed negatively by 1.0 and by 0.9 percentage points respectively. Meanwhile, other buildings and structures made a positive contribution of 0.7 percentage points, while intellectual property products’ contribution was flat. Year-on-year, business investment decreased 1.8 percent, after rising 0.2 percent in the prior quarter and below market consensus of a 1.9 percent decline. Private Investment in the United Kingdom averaged 1.04 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 -0.60 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 0.50 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%
2018-11-09 09:30 AM Business Investment QoQ Prel -1.2% -0.7% 0.2% 0.4%
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 YoY Prel -1.8% -0.6%
2019-02-11 09:30 AM Business Investment QoQ Prel -1.1% -0.6%
2019-03-29 09:30 AM Business Investment QoQ Final -0.6%


United Kingdom Business Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Business Confidence -16.00 -3.00 55.00 -75.00 Index Points [+]
Services PMI 51.20 50.40 62.50 40.10 Index Points [+]
Manufacturing PMI 54.20 53.60 61.50 34.40 [+]
Industrial Production -1.50 -0.90 22.70 -11.90 percent [+]
Industrial Production Mom -0.40 -0.50 9.90 -8.00 percent [+]
Manufacturing Production -1.10 -0.70 19.60 -16.90 percent [+]
Capacity Utilization 80.20 82.30 85.20 38.00 percent [+]
Factory Orders 8.00 10.00 21.00 -79.00 Net Balance [+]
New Orders 11075.00 10801.00 25109.00 9381.00 GBP Million [+]
Changes in Inventories 2955.00 1871.00 11295.00 -11441.00 GBP Million [+]
Bankruptcies 4308.00 3918.00 6509.00 924.00 Companies [+]
Corporate Profits 114178.00 111344.00 114178.00 1024.00 GBP Million [+]
Zew Economic Sentiment Index -67.50 -61.40 61.00 -77.20 [+]
Car Production 129030.00 140374.00 185157.00 43773.00 Units [+]
Car Registrations 144089.00 158639.00 562337.00 33051.00 [+]
Small Business Sentiment -18.00 6.00 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 -2.30 -2.60 854.60 -90.50 percent [+]
Leading Economic Index 0.30 0.40 1.90 -2.10 percent [+]
Private Investment -1.10 -0.40 63.70 -33.70 percent [+]
Steel Production 455.00 660.00 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 51.40 50.80 61.80 47.60 [+]
Ease of Doing Business 9.00 7.00 11.00 5.00 [+]
Electricity Production 27869.00 25086.00 38520.00 16152.00 Gigawatt-hour [+]
Corruption Index 82.00 81.00 87.00 74.00 Points [+]
Corruption Rank 8.00 10.00 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 January of 2019.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
-1.10 -0.40 63.70 -33.70 1967 - 2018 percent Quarterly
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