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Value of acquisitions by foreign companies in UK in 2011-2020

This statistic illustrates the total value of acquisitions carried out within the United Kingdom (UK) by foreign companies from the second quarter of 2011 to the second quarter of 2020. 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 total value of acquisitions completed in the United Kingdom by companies abroad fluctuated during the period under observation, reaching a value of almost 21.5 billion British pounds as of the second quarter of 2020. The largest value of UK acquisitions by foreign companies occurred in the fourth quarter of 2016, when acquisitions totaling more than 85.18 billion British pounds were completed.

Total value of acquisitions by foreign companies within the UK from 2nd quarter of 2011 to 2nd quarter of 2020

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Source

Release date

July 2020

Region

United Kingdom

Survey time period

2nd quarter of 2011 to 2nd quarter of 2020

Special properties

Businesses reporting merger and acquisition 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 scrutinizing the financial press, specialized publications and the Internet (websites specializing 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 categorized as being ongoing census surveys with a threshold cut-off for each transaction of £1.0 million on current price basis. Statutory questionnaires are dispatched 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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