Acquisitions by foreign companies in UK market from 2010 to 2018

This statistic illustrates the number of acquisitions carried out within the United Kingdom (UK) by foreign companies from 2010 to 2018. The source specifies that for an acquisition to be included in the results it has to have been a transaction with a value of one million British pounds or greater. It can be seen that the number of acquisitions within the United Kingdom by companies abroad fluctuated during the period under observation and in 2017 amounted to 259. In 2018, the number of acquisitions increased more than double, reaching 603 acquisitions.

Number of acquisitions by foreign companies within the United Kingdom from 2010 to 2018

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Source

Release date

September 2019

Region

United Kingdom

Survey time period

2010 to 2018

Special properties

businesses reporting M&A activity*

Supplementary notes

*The source adds the following information: "The M&A surveys are sampled on a continual daily basis. The population of transactions is identified through a process of scrutinising the financial press, specialised publications and the Internet (websites specialising in information on mergers and acquisitions and also the websites of businesses regularly engaged in merger and acquisition activity). The M&A surveys are unique as these are not sample surveys. They are categorised as being ongoing census surveys with a threshold cut-off for each transaction of £1.0 million on current price basis. Statutory questionnaires are despatched to businesses when there is initial evidence, from the press and media sources of information that they have relevant transactions on which to report. The business approached is usually the purchaser." More detailed information regarding methodology can be found here.

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Statistics on "Mergers and acquisitions in the United Kingdom (UK) and the Republic of Ireland"

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