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.

Private Investment in the United Kingdom averaged 0.95 percent from 1967 until 2019, 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. source: Office for National Statistics

Private Investment in the United Kingdom is expected to be 0.10 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 0.70 percent in 2021, according to our econometric models.


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United Kingdom Business Investment

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
-1.00 0.20 51.50 -11.40 1967 - 2019 percent Quarterly
Constant Prices 2013, SA


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2019-12-20 09:30 AM Business Investment QoQ Final Q3 0% 0.1% 0% 0%
2019-12-20 09:30 AM Business Investment YoY Final Q3 0.5% -0.4% -0.6% -0.6%
2020-02-11 09:30 AM Business Investment QoQ Prel Q4 -1% 0.2% -0.6% -0.8%
2020-02-11 09:30 AM Business Investment YoY Prel Q4 0.9% 1.3% -1.3% -1.4%
2020-03-31 08:30 AM Business Investment QoQ Final Q4 0.2% -1% -1%
2020-05-12 08:30 AM Business Investment QoQ Prel Q1 0.1%
2020-06-30 08:30 AM Business Investment QoQ Final Q1 0.1%
2020-08-10 08:30 AM Business Investment QoQ Prel Q2 1.1%


News Stream
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
Business Investment in the UK Stalls in Q3
Business investment in the UK was flat at GBP 49.7 billion in the Q3 2019, matching preliminary estimates and following a 0.1% rise in Q2, which was earlier reported as a 0.4% fall. An increase in information and communication technology (ICT) equipment, other machinery and equipment, and intellectual property products (IPP) was not enough to offset a decline in transport equipment and other buildings and structures. Year-on-year, business investment went up 0.5%, first rise in six quarter, slightly below 0.6% in the preliminary figures and following a downwardly revised 0.4% drop in Q2. While, investments in transport equipment, IPP and other buildings and structures grew over this period; ICT equipment, other machinery, and equipment declined.
2019-12-20
UK Business Investment Stalls in Q3
Business investment in the United Kingdom was flat at GBP 49.2 billion in the three months to September 2019, after a 0.4 percent fall in the previous period and compared with market expectations of a 0.5 percent decline, a preliminary estimate showed. Year-on-year, business investment went down 0.6 percent, following a 1.4 percent decline in the second quarter of the year and compared with market forecasts of a 1.3 percent decrease. The Bank of England, in its latest Agents’ Summary of business conditions reported that investment intentions remained at a nine-year low; and members of the Bank of England Decision Maker Panel stated that their recent investment growth has been subdued.
2019-11-11
UK Business Investment Falls Less than Expected
Business investment in the United Kingdom shrank 0.4 percent on quarter in the April to June of 2019 period, compared with a preliminary estimate and market expectations of a 0.5 percent fall. This follows a 0.4 percent gain in the first quarter which was the only positive number since the last quarter of 2017. Positive contributions from transport equipment, and other buildings and structures were not enough to offset a fall in information and communication technology (ICT) equipment; other machinery and equipment; and intellectual property products. Year-on-year, business investment dropped 1.4 percent, the fifth straight decline, after a 1.6 percent fall in the first quarter of the year and compared to a preliminary estimate and market consensus of a 1.6 percent decrease.
2019-09-30

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). .