The Zephir database by Bureau Van Dijk recently published encouraging figures about the Italian FDI in 2015.
According to the data, last year Foreign Direct Investments in Italy have increased 45% and reached 74.4 billion euros compared to 51.3 billion in 2014.
58% of them (43.5 billion euros) were investments in minority shares. The three most important Regions in Italy for attracting FDI are Lombardy (26.18 billion), Emilia Romagna (10.43 billion) and Lazio (10.39 billion). In total, the three regions gathered more than 88% of the total inward FDI to Italy in 2015.
The most important investments in Italy in 2015 were from the US, The Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, Great Britain and France.
Regarding outward FDI, Italian FDI reached 3.6 billion euros in 2015 (2.9 billion in 2014, increase by 24.1%), mostly (2.7 billion) used to acquire majority shares of foreign companies.
The most important investment sectors included: insurance (1.2 billion), transport (800 million) and utilities (469 million). Italian outward FDI were mostly directed to the European Union: The Netherlands, Austria, Great Britain, France and Germany.
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