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Release: United Kingdom Balance of Payments, The Pink Book, 2011

Released: 23 November 2011 Next edition: 31 July 2012


Damian Whittard

Balance of Payments

Telephone: +44 (0)1633 455497

Categories: Economy, National Accounts, Balance of Payments

Frequency of release: Annually

Language: English

Geographical coverage: UK

Geographical breakdown: UK


1 February 2012

A production error was discovered in the 2011 edition of the Pink Book, originally published on 23 November 2011. This affected the reserve assets total in Table A ‘Summary of balance of payments in 2010’.

The table has been corrected. ONS apologises for any inconvenience caused.

Summary of balance of payments accounts, which contain 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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  • are produced according to sound methods; and
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