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Leading sectors for foreign direct investment in the UK 2008-2017

This statistic illustrates the leading sectors in the United Kingdom (UK) for inbound foreign direct investment (FDI) from 2008 to 2017, by the number of projects. Foreign direct investment in the digital sector saw an overall increase from 102 projects in 2008 to 320 projects in 2017. The UK was the leading European country for finance sector FDI projects, with a height of 106 foreign investment projects in 2016.

Leading sectors for foreign direct investment (FDI) in the United Kingdom (UK) from 2008 to 2017, by number of projects

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Release date

June 2018


United Kingdom

Survey time period

2008 to 2017

Method of interview

Telephone interview

Supplementary notes

The source adds the following information: "The database focuses on investment announcements, the number of new jobs created and, where identifiable, the associated capital investment. Projects are identified through the daily monitoring of more than 10,000 news sources."

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