United Kingdom: Capital investment, percent of GDP
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Capital investment as percent of GDP
The World Bank
For that indicator, we provide data for the United Kingdom from 1970 to 2021. The average value for the United Kingdom during that period was 20.07 percent with a minimum of 14.93 percent in 2009 and a maximum of 27.6 percent in 1974.
The latest value from 2021 is 17.43 percent. For comparison, the world average in 2021 based on 125
countries is 23.64 percent.
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The capital investment in the United Kingdom and other countries is calculated as the purchases of new plant and equipment by firms, as percent of GDP. A high number is good for long-term economic growth as current investment leads to greater future production.
Definition: Gross capital formation (formerly gross domestic investment) consists of outlays on additions to the fixed assets of the economy plus net changes in the level of inventories. Fixed assets include land improvements (fences, ditches, drains, and so on); plant, machinery, and equipment purchases; and the construction of roads, railways, and the like, including schools, offices, hospitals, private residential dwellings, and commercial and industrial buildings. Inventories are stocks of goods held by firms to meet temporary or unexpected fluctuations in production or sales, and "work in progress." According to the 1993 SNA, net acquisitions of valuables are also considered capital formation.