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CSO statistical release, , 11am

Foreign Direct Investment

2018

 € million
 20172018
Flows - Abroad -1,813616
Flows - In Ireland 46,770-23,786
Positions - Abroad - end year 822,832823,501
Positions - In Ireland - end year 882,171873,742
Positions - Net - end year-59,339-50,241
Net Income Flows-51,810-59,277

Direct investment in Ireland decreased by €24bn in 2018

Foreign Direct Investment Figure 1
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Irish stocks of direct investment abroad increased marginally to €824bn at the end of 2018 from a stock position of €823bn at the end of 2017. The end 2018 stock of direct investment abroad comprised of Equity Capital & Reinvested Earnings of €725bn and Other Capital of €98bn - see Table 3. The marginal increase in stock of direct investment abroad mainly resulted from increased investment stock in Luxembourg (+€47bn) and offshore centres (+€36bn) which was offset by a decrease in investment stock in Netherlands (-€82bn).

The stock of direct investment in Ireland decreased between the end of 2017 and the end of 2018 - from €882bn to €874bn. This decrease was largely due to decreases in Irish investment stock held by Netherlands (-€106bn), Luxembourg (-€58bn), UK (-€5bn) and Switzerland (-€3bn) which were offset by increases in investment stock held by US (+€94bn) and offshore centres (+€77bn) - see Table 4.

Ireland had a net foreign liability of €50bn at the end of 2018, a decrease of €9bn from a net foreign liability of €59bn at the end of 2017.