Foreign direct investment in Spain recuperates, growing 41.5% in 2010

23.03.2011 By: Transfer based on Invest in Spain

The data analyzed by Invest in Spain from the Foreign Investment Registry show a strong recovery in foreign investment in 2010 compared to 2009, when the fall force of the crisis was being felt.

Over the course of 2010, Spain received a total of 23,415 million euros worth of foreign direct investment (FDI), which was 41.5% more than in 2009, and confirms a trend towards the recovery of foreign investment in Spain.

And disinvestment went down by 7.6% compared to 2009. As a result of these figures, net investment grew more than gross investment, which was 53% higher last year than in 2009 and worth 20,481 million.

By investment origin, the Netherlands was the largest investor, followed by France and the United Kingdom. These three countries accounted for 56% of total flows received by Spain in 2010, and are followed by Italy, Luxembourg and the United States.

The OECD and the EU recovered their traditional strength in the geographical distribution of investment despite the 2009 blip, during which the input of capital in the company CEPSA from Abu Dhabi investment fund, IPIC, changed the traditional map of investor countries.

The main sectors receiving foreign investment flows during 2010 were Transport and Storage (17%), Real Estate Activities (17%), Manufacturing Industry (14.8%), Financial Activities and Insurance (12.9%) and Electrical Energy Supply (11.9%). These major sectors are also those that have historically been of most interest to foreign investors

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