October 2015.- According to data from the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, foreign investment in Catalonia has shown this year -from January to June 2015- the highest amount in any 1st six-month period in recorded history.
- Productive foreign investment in Catalonia for the 1st half of 2015 came to €1959.2M, an increase of 281.2% compared to the same period in 2014 (€ 515.2 M). This is the highest amount in any 1st six-month period in recorded history.
- Foreign investment in manufacturing industry in Catalonia came to €354.6M, 288.1% more than in the 1st half of 2014.
- Catalonia accounts for 23.0% of foreign investment in Spain and 35.1% of foreign investment in manufacturing industry in Spain during the 1st half of 2015.
According to data from FDI Markets, the database of the prestigious British publication The Financial Times, in the first half of 2015:
- The investment projects attracted by Catalonia represented an investment volume of €2,564.7M and the creation of 4,165 direct jobs.
- Catalonia was the first Western European continental region in terms of investment attraction both for volume attracted and for job creation.
- This favourable position maintains the rhythm begun in previous years. In the period 2010-2014, Catalonia was the leading Western European continental region in terms of continued investment attraction to create jobs, with the exception of 2011.
According to the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, from January to July 2015:
- Catalan exports increased 7.4% in July 2015 compared to the same month last year, up to €6086.3M, the highest monthly figure in recorded history.
- Catalan exports grow above the euro area average (5.3%), and the EU (5.1%), and reference countries such as France (1.6%), Germany (6.2 %), and the UK (-2.2%).
- In terms of sectors, the growth of the automotive industry (18.2%) and chemicals (7.2%) is noteworthy.
- In cumulative terms, from January to July 2015, Catalan exports grew 7.2% compared to the same period of 2014, reaching €37986.1M.
- In cumulative terms from January to July 2015, Catalan exports represent 25.6% of the total for the Spanish state.
- Since the accumulated growth from January to July 2015 of exports (7.2%) is higher than that of imports (5.7%), the trade deficit fell by 1.9% in first 7 months of 2015 compared to the same period last year, from €6904.5M in January-July 2014 to €6774.8M in January-July 2015.