The underlying theme of The fDi Report 2019 – the annual assessment of crossborder investment based on the fDi Markets service from the Financial Times – is that greenfield foreign direct investment (FDI) rebounded globally to growth in 2018.

The fDi Report 2019 reveals that greenfield capital investment increased by 42% to $662.6bn, while the number of FDI projects increasing by 7% alongside a 25% increase in job creation.

Key FDI trends spotted include:

  • China replaces the US as the highest ranked country for FDI by capital investment.
  • Western Europe was the leading source region for FDI, accounting for 44% of all FDI globally.
  • Capital investment into India grew by 120% to $54.3bn.
  • Capital investment from companies setting up headquarters operations in the UK has halved since 2015.
  • Brazil and Argentina both had a resurgent year for FDI, increasing by 77% and 78%, respectively.

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