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Release: Balance of Payments, Q4 and annual 2012

Released: 27 March 2013 Next edition: 27 June 2013


Marilyn Thomas

Balance of Payments

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Categories: Economy, National Accounts, Balance of Payments

Frequency of release: Quarterly

Language: English

Geographical coverage: UK

Geographical breakdown: UK and GB

  • The United Kingdom’s (UK) current account deficit was £14.0 billion in the fourth quarter of 2012, down from a revised deficit of £15.1 billion in the previous quarter. The deficit in the fourth quarter equated to 3.6% of GDP at current market prices, down from 3.9% in the previous quarter.

  • The trade deficit widened to £9.6 billion in the fourth quarter of 2012, from £8.1 billion in the previous quarter.

  • The income balance switched to a surplus of £2.1 billion, from a deficit of £1.4 billion in the third quarter of 2012.

  • The financial account recorded net inward investment of £19.2 billion during the fourth quarter of 2012.

  • The international investment position recorded UK net liabilities of £544.0 billion at the end of the fourth quarter of 2012.

  • In 2012, the UK’s current account deficit was £57.7 billion.

Contains summary of balance of payments accounts and detailed statistics for the current account including - trade in goods and services, income, current and capital transfers, transactions in UK external assets and liabilities, and levels of identified assets and liabilities.

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