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Investment abroad. By activity branches and geographical areas

Investment abroad. By activity branches and geographical areas Catalonia. 2019
Value Variation (%)
Total 995.1 -81.5
By activity branches
Agriculture, livestock, forestry and fishing 57.2 ..
Extractive industries 0.0 0.0
Manufacturing industries 385.1 118.2
Electricity, gas, steam and air-conditioning 28.3 37.6
Water, sewers and waste management 0.0 ..
Construction 33.8 187.2
Wholesale and retail trade 311.8 -83.2
Transport and storage 4.9 -96.4
Hotel and food services 86.1 105.5
Information and communications 0.8 -88.7
Financial activities and insurance 36.3 138.6
Real estate activities 15.1 -21.6
Professional, scientific and technical activities 10.3 -24.1
Administrative activities and ancillary services 2.8 -84.9
Education 0.0 -100.0
Health and social services 0.1 0.0
Artistic, recreational and entertainment activities 22.5 1.9
Other services 0.0 ..
By economic areas
OECD 303.4 -94.0
European Union (EU-28) 102.2 -97.8
North America 175.8 -60.1
Latin America 618.7 109.6
Rest of Americas 1.0 ..
Asia and Oceania 72.8 223.5
Africa 17.9 74.5
Fiscal paradises 3.2 ..
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. 2019
Value Variation (%)
Total 15,126.0 -53.8
By activity branches
Agriculture, livestock, forestry and fishing 106.2 ..
Extractive industries 875.6 328.6
Manufacturing industries 3,407.2 17.4
Electricity, gas, steam and air-conditioning 980.7 -15.4
Water, sewers and waste management 161.9 -13.9
Construction 1,346.5 -49.8
Wholesale and retail trade 694.3 -78.6
Transport and storage 548.9 111.7
Hotel and food services 452.8 66.3
Information and communications 3,426.4 144.2
Financial activities and insurance 1,903.6 -86.4
Real estate activities 638.8 -71.5
Professional, scientific and technical activities 70.1 -59.3
Administrative activities and ancillary services 459.4 -36.3
Education 2.3 -55.5
Health and social services 21.9 ..
Artistic, recreational and entertainment activities 28.5 -40.6
Other services 1.0 ..
By economic areas
OECD 11,053.1 -59.0
European Union (EU-28) 5,934.8 -48.9
North America 4,021.5 -56.6
Latin America 3,733.5 -64.1
Rest of Americas 66.4 -8.9
Asia and Oceania 880.1 32.5
Africa 73.1 -54.8
Fiscal paradises 66.3 14.1
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 27, 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.