External sector

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.

Update of the sixth edition of the Balance of Payments and International Investment Position Manual (BPM6)
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The concepts and methodological standards for compiling external sector statistics are set out in numerous international manuals. These are currently being revised.

Foreign affiliates statistics (FATS)
Number of foreign affiliates of German investors

In 2018, the number of foreign corporate units with German investors decreased slightly. The annual turnover generated in these corporate units increased by 83 billion to over 2.4 trillion euros. 

Foreign direct investment stocks up again in 2019
Major destinations for German direct investors

Germany’s outward immediate and indirect foreign direct investment (FDI) was up by €48 billion at the end of 2019 to €1,372 billion. The ranking of individual recipient countries remained broadly unchanged: almost 30%, or €391 billion worth, of all German FDI went to the United States, which was once again number one.

Statistical publications: new concept and flexible download options
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As of 16 April 2020, the Bundesbank’s statistical publications will appear in a new format. In future, Statistical Series with partially amended content will be made available instead of Statistical Supplements. A modular publication structure will enable each issue to be updated on an ongoing basis and accommodate flexible download options.

Time series
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Balance of payments, international investment position, external debt, external position of the Bundesbank, international reserves, direct investments, external position of non-banks.