Euro Area Foreign Direct Investment (EUR bn)

Euro Area Foreign Direct Investment (EUR bn)

Foreign Direct Investment in Euro Area

The economy expanded a timid 0.1% in seasonally adjusted quarter-on-quarter terms in Q1, following Q4 2022’s 0.1% contraction. Business and consumer sentiment strengthened in the quarter, while inflation declined, which will have supported activity. Moreover, a strong Easter tourism season in the Mediterranean countries lent decisive support to the economy. However, a weaker industrial sector in the currency union weighed on the overall economic performance. Moving to Q2, momentum seemingly remains subdued. The lagged effects of previous rate hikes by the ECB and declining savings and purchasing power will be taking a toll on the economy. That said, the services PMI averaged higher in April-May than in Q1, as did consumer sentiment. On the other hand, the manufacturing PMI fell further into contractionary terrain in May, dragged down by sharper declines in output and new orders.

Euro Area Foreign Direct Investment Chart

This chart displays Foreign Direct Investment (EUR bn) for Euro Area from 2012 to 2021.

Euro Area Foreign Direct Investment Data

2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Foreign Direct Investment (EUR bn) 275 364 392 184 66

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