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Investment abroad. By activity branches and geographical areas

Investment abroad. By activity branches and geographical areas Catalonia. 2018
Value Variation (%)
Total 5,208.5 110.7
By activity branches
Agriculture, livestock, forestry and fishing 3,035.9 ..
Extractive industries 0.0 -100.0
Manufacturing industries 146.2 -31.1
Electricity, gas, steam and air-conditioning 10.7 -85.8
Water, sewers and waste management 3.0 ..
Construction 8.7 -6.0
Wholesale and retail trade 1,788.9 180.4
Transport and storage 125.4 -88.5
Hotel and food services 40.2 -73.0
Information and communications 3.5 30.6
Financial activities and insurance 4.5 -84.2
Real estate activities 19.3 -81.3
Professional, scientific and technical activities 3.3 -75.6
Administrative activities and ancillary services 18.8 786.7
Education 0.0 -53.2
Health and social services 0.0 -100.0
Artistic, recreational and entertainment activities 0.0 -100.0
Other services 0.0 ..
By economic areas
OECD 4,928.2 173.8
European Union (EU-28) 4,468.2 293.0
North America 439.7 -23.6
Latin America 209.5 -68.3
Rest of Americas 25.7 ..
Asia and Oceania 61.0 -5.2
Africa 0.4 -84.9
Fiscal paradises 4.1 ..
Units: Millions of euros.
Source: Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness.
Note: The sum of the geographical areas that are shown is not equal to the total investment, given that there are countries that appear in more than one area.
(..) Confidential data, low reliability or not available.
Investment abroad. By activity branches and geographical areas Spain. 2018
Value Variation (%)
Total 22,415.5 -41.0
By activity branches
Agriculture, livestock, forestry and fishing 3,227.0 ..
Extractive industries 22.4 -99.3
Manufacturing industries 2,529.9 -86.2
Electricity, gas, steam and air-conditioning 1,121.6 -29.1
Water, sewers and waste management 135.0 449.9
Construction 1,613.2 11.9
Wholesale and retail trade 2,572.7 -5.7
Transport and storage 227.6 -94.0
Hotel and food services 251.6 -23.9
Information and communications 949.9 -65.3
Financial activities and insurance 8,351.5 242.7
Real estate activities 1,181.6 149.5
Professional, scientific and technical activities 92.3 -42.4
Administrative activities and ancillary services 109.3 -48.3
Education 0.1 -87.8
Health and social services 4.0 ..
Artistic, recreational and entertainment activities 21.9 -64.4
Other services 4.0 ..
By economic areas
OECD 17,218.1 -45.9
European Union (EU-28) 9,374.2 -61.3
North America 2,515.7 -48.6
Latin America 9,662.3 39.9
Rest of Americas 56.1 -85.2
Asia and Oceania 329.2 -69.9
Africa 89.8 -3.3
Fiscal paradises 36.9 -78.1
Units: Millions of euros.
Source: Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness.
Note: The sum of the geographical areas that are shown is not equal to the total investment, given that there are countries that appear in more than one area.
(..) Confidential data, low reliability or not available.

Last update: March 21, 2019. Next update: March 20, 2020

Quarterly data

Methodological note

The definition of direct foreign investment basically follows the recommendations of the International Monetary Fund (5th Balance of Payments Manual) and the OCDE (Benchmark Definition).

The data is based on that declared by investors pursuant to Act 19/2003, dated 4 July, on the legal system for capital movements and economic transactions abroad and measures to prevent money laundering, and the regulations that further implement it (Royal Decree 664/1999, Ministerial Order dated 28 May 2001 and Ministerial Ruling dated 21 February 2002). They do not include financing between companies, reinvested profits (save in the case of capitalisation of loans and/or profits) and investment in real estate.

Gross investment includes direct investment declared to the Foreign Investment Registry (FIR) of non-residents which entails:

  • holdings in unlisted companies domiciled abroad
  • holdings in listed companies domiciled abroad (over 10% of capital)
  • setting up or expansion of branches
  • other forms of investment contracts or entities registered abroad (foundations, cooperatives, economic interest groups), in which the invested capital exceeds EUR 1,502,530.26

Excluded from the data are foreign share holding companies (ETVEs). ETVEs are holding companies set up in Spain whose sole purpose is to hold shares in companies located abroad.

The information is broken down into activity branches by the destination of the investment in accordance with the sections in the new Catalan Classification of Economic Activities 2009 (CCEA-2009).

Foreign investment is obtained from official data published by the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness from the Statistics on Foreign Investment in Spain and Spanish Investment Abroad. The data are provisional, given that in the corresponding quarterly updates, information referring to previous periods is modified as a result of operations which were declared in the last period but carried out prior to this.

For each new period published, Idescat updates and reviews the information published by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness for the last 10 years.

Data are provisional.