External sector statistics provide information on a country’s economic relationships with the rest of the world. The data on external transactions and stocks form an important basis for economic policy decisions.
Germany’s outward foreign direct investment (FDI) reached a new peak of €1,167 billion at year-end 2017. In the opposite direction, FDI rose to a record level of €741 billion. The United States continued to be the main destination for German FDI, with stocks totalling €225 billion, or around 20%. The significance of China as an investment location remained comparatively limited with a share of just under €77 billion, or 7%.