Detailed Data on the Global Activities of U.S. Multinational Enterprises Coming out Dec. 16

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Detailed statistics on the worldwide activities of U.S. multinational enterprises in 2014, including the finances and operations of U.S. parent companies and their foreign affiliates, will be available from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis on Dec. 16.

The preliminary data are based on the 2014 Benchmark Survey of U.S. Direct Investment Abroad.  Benchmark surveys, which are conducted every five years (in lieu of the annual survey), are BEA’s most comprehensive surveys of U.S. Direct Investment Abroad — in terms of both the coverage of companies and the amount of information that is collected.

The statistics, which will be released on Dec. 16, provide information on U.S. multinational enterprises, including:

  • Balance sheet and income statement details
  • Employment and employee compensation
  • Sales and value added–a measure of the enterprise’s contribution to gross domestic product in the United States or in the other countries where it operates
  • Capital expenditures
  • Trade in goods
  • Spending on research and development

The statistics are shown by the country where the foreign affiliate operates and by industry of the affiliate and of the U.S. parent.

The statistics will be available on BEA’s website in customizable interactive tables.  An article in the December edition of the Survey of Current Business, BEA’s online journal, also will feature the statistics.

In addition to providing information on the operations of multinational enterprises for 2014, the statistics also will include revised data for 2013, which are based on the 2013 Annual Survey of U.S. Direct Investment Abroad.


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