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Foreign Investment. By activity branches

Foreign Investment. By activity branches Catalonia. 3rd quarter 2020
Year-over-year variation
Value absolute % quarter % accumulated
Total 460.9 64.8 16.4 -2.7
Agriculture, livestock, forestry and fishing 39.7 39.0 .. ..
Extractive industries 0.0 -0.1 .. ..
Manufacturing industries 100.1 7.8 8.4 46.7
Electricity, gas, steam and air-conditioning 0.0 0.0 .. ..
Water, sewers and waste management 0.0 -3.7 .. ..
Construction 7.9 -3.6 -31.2 -63.5
Wholesale and retail trade 44.9 -78.0 .. ..
Transport and storage 30.1 29.8 .. ..
Hotel and food services 33.3 16.3 .. 68.7
Information and communications 138.9 129.6 .. ..
Financial activities and insurance 6.1 -40.4 .. ..
Real estate activities 81.5 6.4 8.5 -49.6
Professional, scientific and technical activities 0.7 -12.9 -95.1 -62.6
Administrative activities and ancillary services 1.2 -1.2 .. ..
Education 1.1 0.7 .. ..
Health and social services 0.0 -0.2 .. ..
Artistic, recreational and entertainment activities 3.3 3.2 .. -83.0
Other services 0.1 0.0 .. ..
Units: Millions of euros.
Source: Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism.
(..) Confidential data, low reliability or not available.
Foreign Investment. By activity branches Spain. 3rd quarter 2020
Year-over-year variation
Value absolute % quarter % accumulated
Total 5,309.8 1,296.4 32.3 -6.3
Agriculture, livestock, forestry and fishing 54.9 45.5 .. ..
Extractive industries 6.0 1.7 .. ..
Manufacturing industries 642.5 78.9 14.0 -54.9
Electricity, gas, steam and air-conditioning 181.8 9.0 .. -40.5
Water, sewers and waste management 3.5 -0.2 .. ..
Construction 1,044.0 854.0 449.4 154.3
Wholesale and retail trade 333.9 -126.6 -27.5 5.1
Transport and storage 173.0 160.5 .. ..
Hotel and food services 53.8 -14.1 -20.8 -80.8
Information and communications 2,021.3 1,579.6 .. 89.8
Financial activities and insurance 146.5 -754.6 .. ..
Real estate activities 293.9 -83.5 -22.1 -34.7
Professional, scientific and technical activities 141.2 -327.2 .. -84.1
Administrative activities and ancillary services 51.3 -43.9 -46.1 -3.7
Education 142.6 136.2 .. ..
Health and social services 14.4 -197.0 .. -93.1
Artistic, recreational and entertainment activities 5.1 -20.4 -80.1 -86.9
Other services 0.1 -1.5 .. ..
Units: Millions of euros.
Source: Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism.
(..) Confidential data, low reliability or not available.

Last update: December 22, 2020. Next update: March 22, 2021

Annual 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 Spanish companies
  • holdings of more than 10% in listed Spanish companies
  • setting up or expansion of branches of foreign companies
  • other forms of investment in organisations or contracts registered in Spain (foundations, cooperatives, economic interest groupings), in which invested capital is greater than EUR 3,005,060.52

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.

A partir del 27 de novembre de 2014, els indicadors d'inversió estrangera i d'inversió a l'estranger s'adapten per poder oferir la informació per trimestres.

Data are provisional.