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Inbound foreign direct investment up EUR 1.2bn last year

| Internationalisation and Foreign Direct Investments

The stock of foreign direct investment in Slovenia rose by EUR 1.2bn in 2018, compared to an increase of EUR 694m in the year before, show preliminary central bank figures released on Wednesday. The bulk of the increase is the result higher share capital and reinvested profits, reports STA.

On the other hand, Slovenia's outbound foreign direct investment rose by just EUR 63m year-on-year. Increase in share capital and reinvested capital rose by over EUR 270m, but net financing of foreign affiliates contracted by EUR 208m.

The central bank also released debt data showing gross external debt declining by EUR 1.2bn year-on-year to EUR 42.6bn. The central bank and commercial banks reduced their leverage, but other sectors increased it by EUR 400m.