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Investment abroad. By geographical areas

Investment abroad. By geographical areas Catalonia. 2nd quarter 2019
Year-over-year variation
Value absolute % quarter % accumulated
Total 82.3 -47.0 -36.4 28.5
OECD 33.0 -81.1 -71.1 -77.0
European Union (28 member states) 52.9 -47.4 -47.3 -35.9
North America 1.5 -0.9 .. -97.7
Latin America 25.2 2.9 .. ..
Rest of Americas 0.6 0.2 44.9 ..
Asia and Oceania 0.3 -2.3 -89.4 -90.9
Africa 1.1 1.1 .. ..
Fiscal paradises 0.6 0.2 .. ..
Units: Millions of euros.
Source: Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism.
Note: The total is not equal to the sum of the areas shown as some countries are in more than one area.
(..) Confidential data, low reliability or not available.
Investment abroad. By geographical areas Spain. 2nd quarter 2019
Year-over-year variation
Value absolute % quarter % accumulated
Total 2,018.4 -1,712.9 -45.9 -65.9
OECD 1,196.4 -1,645.6 -57.9 -79.3
European Union (28 member states) 1,100.4 -1,080.1 -49.5 -55.8
North America 95.3 -492.4 -83.8 -76.3
Latin America 661.0 -146.3 -18.1 -72.6
Rest of Americas 1.3 -1.1 -45.4 3.6
Asia and Oceania 147.4 19.0 14.8 -6.4
Africa 2.7 -15.3 -84.9 -80.7
Fiscal paradises 1.3 -3.2 -71.5 13.4
Units: Millions of euros.
Source: Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism.
Note: The total is not equal to the sum of the areas shown as some countries are in more than one area.

Date published: September 20, 2019. Next update: December 20, 2019

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 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.

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.