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CSO statistical release, , 11am

Foreign Direct Investment

2020

 € million
 20192020
 
Flows - Abroad 28,659-39,395
Flows - In Ireland 133,48570,803
Positions - Abroad - end year 1,001,686987,531
Positions - In Ireland - end year 1,079,5701,097,554
Positions - Net - end year-77,884-110,023
Net Income Flows-69,166-78,026

Direct investment in Ireland increased by €71bn in 2020

Foreign Direct Investment 2020 Figure 1
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Irish stocks of direct investment abroad decreased to €988bn at the end of 2020 from a stock position of €1,002bn at the end of 2019. 

The stock of direct investment abroad at the end of 2020 comprised of Equity Capital & Reinvested Earnings of €1039bn and the withdrawal of Other Capital of -€52bn. A decrease in Other Capital positions (-€46bn) was offset by an increase in Equity Capital & Reinvested Earnings (€32bn). The decrease in Other Capital positions was mostly attributable to the withdrawal of investment from Switzerland and Central American Offshore centres of €19bn and €25bn respectively. The increase in Equity Capital and Reinvested Earnings positions was attributed to increased investment in North America, €97bn which was offset by a decrease in European investment of €77bn. For the data breakdowns, see Table 3.

The stock of direct investment in Ireland increased between the end of 2019 and end of 2020 - from €1080bn to €1,098bn. Increased investment from the United States of €54bn was offset by a decrease in investment from Europe and Offshore centres of €13bn and €27bn respectively - Table 4.

Ireland had a net foreign liability of €110bn at the end of 2020, an increase of €32bn on the net foreign liability of €78bn at the end 2019.