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Investment abroad. By activity branches

Investment abroad. By activity branches Catalonia. 2020
Value Variation (%)
Total 3,561.9 167.8
Agriculture, livestock, forestry and fishing 39.0 -31.8
Extractive industries 0.0 0.0
Manufacturing industries 2,931.6 505.1
Electricity, gas, steam and air-conditioning 16.8 -40.8
Water, sewers and waste management 0.0 0.0
Construction 16.6 -50.2
Wholesale and retail trade 429.4 11.3
Transport and storage 0.6 -94.7
Hotel and food services 35.0 -73.5
Information and communications 43.7 -9.1
Financial activities and insurance 24.9 -49.6
Real estate activities 2.0 -94.6
Professional, scientific and technical activities 10.6 -48.7
Administrative activities and ancillary services 10.1 7.1
Education 1.3 -86.0
Health and social services 0.4 -71.1
Artistic, recreational and entertainment activities 0.0 -100.0
Other services 0.0 0.0
Units: Millions of euros.
Source: Idescat, based on data from the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism.
Investment abroad. By activity branches Spain. 2020
Value Variation (%)
Total 23,070.3 2.2
Agriculture, livestock, forestry and fishing 96.2 -64.6
Extractive industries 1,296.6 5.3
Manufacturing industries 4,904.0 -3.4
Electricity, gas, steam and air-conditioning 3,246.0 77.6
Water, sewers and waste management 102.7 -48.3
Construction 486.4 -75.5
Wholesale and retail trade 2,864.4 223.7
Transport and storage 2,449.4 207.1
Hotel and food services 187.9 -63.3
Information and communications 2,277.0 -49.5
Financial activities and insurance 4,705.2 46.8
Real estate activities 207.5 -70.1
Professional, scientific and technical activities 73.0 -82.2
Administrative activities and ancillary services 135.7 -84.6
Education 1.3 -88.9
Health and social services 35.5 -33.8
Artistic, recreational and entertainment activities 0.0 -100.0
Other services 1.4 48.2
Units: Millions of euros.
Source: Idescat, based on data from the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism.

Last update: March 23, 2021.

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 Industry, Trade and Tourism 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 Industry, Trade and Tourism for the last 10 years.