In the first half of 2012, global FDI fell by 8% to an estimated US$668-billion, down from
US$729-billion in first half of 2011. This was due to increased uncertainty in the global economy, marked by fears of an exacerbation of the sovereign debt crisis in Europe and a slow down of growth in major emerging market economies. In the second quarter of 2012 the value of UNCTAD’s FDI Global Quarterly Index, which tracks FDI flows, dropped from 128 to 123. FDI analysis in the quarterly Global Investment Trend Monitor cannot avoid limitations of the quarterly and half-yearly data, which are lumpy in nature and subject to considerable revisions.
Report by the UN Conference on Trade and Development