In the second quarter of 2012, the gross investment rate of non-financial corporations was 20.1% in the EU27, compared with 19.9% in the first quarter of 2012.
In the euro area, the investment rate was 20.3%, compared with 20.2% in the previous quarter. Investment increased (+0.8%) at a higher rate than gross value added (+0.4%). Total stocks (materials, supplies and finished goods) fell for the third quarter in a row.
Business profit share down in the EU27, stable in the euro area
In the EU27, the gross profit share of non-financial corporations was 37.7% in the second quarter of 2012, compared with 37.9% in the first quarter of 2012.
In the euro area, the profit share remained stable at 38.1% in the second quarter of 2012, due to value added growing at the same rate as compensation of employees (wages and social contributions) plus taxes less subsidies on production (both +0.4%).