FDI in the United States, Fourth Quarter 2017
Foreign direct investment totaled nearly $60 billion in the fourth-quarter 2017, an eight percent decrease from third-quarter 2017.
Foreign-owned firms continue to expand their research and development (R&D) activities in the United States. R&D carried out byforeign companies in the United States supports 185,500 highpaying American jobs, helps spur the discovery of new products and processes, and contributes to America’s economic growth. Over six years, foreign companies spent nearly $300 billion on research and development.