Sharp fall in global foreign direct investment last year

Global foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows declined by 18% in 2012 to a level which was close to the trough reached in 2009, according to the Global Investment Trends Monitor just published by UNCTAD. The Report puts this down to the uncertainty which has been caused by the weakening macroeconomic environment, with falls being registered for global growth in GDP, … Continue reading

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Fall in global foreign direct investment

Global foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows declined by 8 per cent in the first half of 2012, as the economic recovery suffered new setbacks in the second quarter of 2012, according to UNCTAD’s tenth Global Investment Trend Monitor.  The organisation now projects that FDI flows will, at best, level-off in 2012, at slightly below US$1.6 trillion. “Investment leads economic growth … Continue reading

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UK retains its lead as a destination for inward investment … but only just.

The UK remains Europe’s top destination for foreign direct investment (FDI) but will be overtaken by Germany within two years unless something is done, according to Ernst & Young’s annual UK Attractiveness Survey published today. The report shows that the UK attracted 679 projects in 2011 creating nearly 30,000 jobs. But, the country experienced a decline of 7% in the … Continue reading

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FDI creates few jobs in developing countries

 A new UNCTAD report on the status of foreign direct investment (FDI) in the world´s 48 poorest countries urges a changed approach that would focus such investment on creating jobs, as well as on enhancing those countries´ productive capacities – that is, their abilities to produce wider varieties of goods and more sophisticated goods. The report is entitled Foreign Direct … Continue reading

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Foreign direct investment into Europe slows down

Not surprisingly there was slump in global foreign direct investment (FDI) in 2009, with a 36% fall in FDI inflows into Europe. This was due to the economic uncertainty amongst businesses which led to the postponement of investment decisions. This is according to Ernst & Young’s latest European Attractiveness Survey. In Europe the number of projects fell by 11% from … Continue reading

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Sharp downturn in FDI flows

Global inflows of foreign direct investment (FDI) fell by 39% from US$1.7 trillion in 2008 to just over US$1.0 trillion in 2009, according to estimates by UNCTAD. This decline was spread across all major groups of economies. Following a large fall in FDI inflows amongst developed countries in 2008, there was a further severe decline of 41% in 2009 as … Continue reading

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Developing countries hit by falling FDI inflows

Developing countries have not been immune from the global recession or the fragile nature of financial markets. In fact, net private capital inflows to developing countries fell to $707 billion in 2008, which was a severe drop from the peak figure of $1.2 trillion in 2007. It is projected that international capital flows will fall further in 2009 to $363 … Continue reading

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