U.S. Businesses Acquired or Established by Foreign Direct Investors -- Investment Outlays

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The Statistical Abstract files are distributed by the US Census Department as Microsoft Excel files. These files have data mixed with notes and references, multiple tables per sheet, and, worst of all, the table headers are not easily matched to their rows and columns.

A few files had extraneous characters in the title. These were corrected to be consistent. A few files have a sheet of crufty gibberish in the first slot. The sheet order was shuffled but no data were changed.

The tables that were changed (this is table 1266):

0166 0257 0362 0429 0445 0446 0459 0461 0462 0464 0465 0466 0467
0469 0479 0480 0481 0482 0483 0484 0485 0486 0487 0559 0628 0629
1144 1227 1231

This dataset consists of a table of 52 rows and 19 columns.

In millions of dollars (65,932 represents $65,932,000,000). Foreign direct investment is the ownership or control, directly or indirectly, by one foreign individual branch, partnership, association, trust, corporation, or government of 10 percent or more of the voting securities of a U.S. business enterprise or an equivalent interest in an unincorporated one. Data represent number and full cost of acquisitions of existing U.S. business enterprises, including business segments or operating units of existing U.S. business enterprises and establishments of new enterprises. Investments may be made by the foreign direct investor itself, or indirectly by an existing U.S. affiliate of the foreign direct investor. Covers investments in U.S. business enterprises with assets of over $1 million, or ownership of 200 acres of U.S. land. Based on North American Industry Classification System.


  1. Includes other countries not shown separately.
  2. Based on 1997 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). Beginning 2002, based on NAICS 2002; see text, Section 15.
  3. For investments in which more than one investor participated, each investor and each investor’s outlays are
    classified by country of each ultimate beneficial owner.
  4. The UBO (ultimate beneficial owner) is that person, proceeding up a U.S. affiliate ‘s ownership chain, beginning with and
    including the foreign parent, that is not owned more than 50 percent by another person. The foreign
    parent is the first foreign person in the affiliate’s ownership chain. Unlike the foreign parent,
    the UBO of an affiliate may be located in the United States.


Public Domain (Government Work)

This dataset was prepared by the government and is therefore in the public domain. There are no restrictions upon its use.