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Foreign Investment. By activity branches

Foreign Investment. By activity branches Catalonia. 3rd quarter 2023
Year-over-year variation
Value Absolute % quarter % accumulated
Total 1,217.2 263.4 27.6 -24.6
Agriculture, livestock, forestry and fishing 0.0 -0.2 -100.0 37.2
Mining industries 0.0 0.0 .. Confidential data, low reliability or not available -100.0
Manufacturing industries 67.5 -38.2 -36.2 -40.7
Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning 0.1 0.0 43.5 -97.8
Water, sewers and waste management 0.1 0.1 .. Confidential data, low reliability or not available .. Confidential data, low reliability or not available
Construction 13.9 1.7 14.3 -48.9
Wholesale and retail trade 491.2 313.6 176.6 165.6
Transport and storage 18.0 17.4 .. Confidential data, low reliability or not available -84.9
Hotel and food services 6.3 -10.9 -63.5 -56.6
Information and communications 118.1 -197.7 -62.6 -81.2
Financial activities and insurance 316.3 292.7 .. Confidential data, low reliability or not available .. Confidential data, low reliability or not available
Real estate activities 88.7 11.7 15.2 9.7
Professional, scientific and technical activities 51.3 17.7 52.6 -37.8
Administrative and support service activities 45.1 -71.1 -61.2 -74.1
Education 0.0 -72.4 -99.9 12.7
Health and social services 0.6 0.6 .. Confidential data, low reliability or not available .. Confidential data, low reliability or not available
Artistic, recreational and entertainment activities 0.0 -1.5 -97.4 -11.3
Other services 0.1 0.0 1.3 .. Confidential data, low reliability or not available
Units: Millions of euros.
Source: Idescat, based on data from the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism.
Note: Provisional data.
(..) Confidential data, low reliability or not available.
Foreign Investment. By activity branches Spain. 3rd quarter 2023
Year-over-year variation
Value Absolute % quarter % accumulated
Total 6,070.4 -1,438.9 -19.2 -23.3
Agriculture, livestock, forestry and fishing 56.9 49.5 .. Confidential data, low reliability or not available 106.2
Mining industries 0.0 -7.4 -100.0 294.2
Manufacturing industries 1,446.1 -188.4 -11.5 -50.1
Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning 704.4 -692.6 -49.6 -36.6
Water, sewers and waste management 435.8 390.9 .. Confidential data, low reliability or not available .. Confidential data, low reliability or not available
Construction 167.4 62.5 59.6 -21.3
Wholesale and retail trade 905.6 135.8 17.6 15.3
Transport and storage 314.2 -222.9 -41.5 -61.7
Hotel and food services 285.9 22.9 8.7 7.9
Information and communications 293.3 -911.2 -75.7 -36.7
Financial activities and insurance 577.1 399.1 224.2 -26.6
Real estate activities 429.0 79.9 22.9 -44.3
Professional, scientific and technical activities 97.3 -535.2 -84.6 -85.9
Administrative and support service activities 263.0 119.3 83.0 -28.0
Education 27.3 -63.5 -69.9 10.3
Health and social services 55.8 -15.2 -21.4 .. Confidential data, low reliability or not available
Artistic, recreational and entertainment activities 10.8 -62.0 -85.1 -96.5
Other services 0.6 -0.3 -29.1 107.9
Units: Millions of euros.
Source: Idescat, based on data from the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism.
Note: Provisional data.
(..) Confidential data, low reliability or not available.

Last update: December 22, 2023. Next update: March 20, 2024

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 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.