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July 30, 2018

The U.S. direct investment abroad position, or cumulative level of investment, increased $427.3 billion to $6,013.3 billion at the end of 2017 from $5,586.0 billion at the end of 2016. The increase mainly reflected a $243.6 billion increase in the position in Europe, primarily in Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and the Netherlands. By industry, affiliates in manufacturing and holding companies accounted for the largest increases.

The foreign direct investment in the United States position increased $260.4 billion to $4,025.5 billion at the end of 2017 from $3,765.1 billion at the end of 2016. The increase mainly reflected a $128.2 billion increase in the position from Europe, primarily Ireland, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. By industry, affiliates in manufacturing and wholesale trade accounted for the largest increases.

Chart showing Direct Investment Positions for the years 2016 and 2017.

Highlights of the direct investment statistics by industry for 2017:

  • The U.S. direct investment abroad position was highly concentrated in holding companies, which accounted for nearly half of the position in 2017. By industry of the U.S. parent, investment by manufacturing multinational enterprises accounted for 55.6 percent of the position.
  • The foreign direct investment position in the United States was concentrated in the U.S. manufacturing sector, which accounted for 39.9 percent of the position.

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