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Divestitures by UK companies abroad & foreign companies in the UK 2010-2019

This statistic illustrates the total number of business divestitures abroad by United Kingdom (UK) companies and within the United Kingdom (UK) by foreign companies from 2010 to 2019. According to the definition, divestiture is "the partial or full disposal of a business or a business unit through sale, exchange or closure". It can be seen that the number of business divestures decreased overall during this period, reaching a total of 68 businesses disposed of by UK companies abroad and 146 businesses disposed of by foreign companies within the United Kingdom in 2019.

Number of business divestitures by UK companies abroad and by foreign companies in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2010 to 2019

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Release date

July 2020


United Kingdom

Survey time period

2010 to 2019

Special properties

Businesses reporting merger, acquisition & divestiture activity*

Supplementary notes

* Number for 2013 for UK companies abroad was not disclosed in the source.

The source adds the following information: "The M&A surveys are sampled on a continual daily basis. The population of transactions is identified through the financial press, specialised publications and the (...) Internet. 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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