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Corporate investment in 2018 highest since 2008

Ljubljana, 22 December (STA) - Slovenia's companies continued to increase their investment in fixed assets in 2018. Last year's total investment value reached EUR 5.9 billion, a 19% increase compared to 2017 and the greatest surge since 2008, show data released by the Statistics Office.

The volume of such investments grew in most industry sectors, in particular in manufacturing where investments increased by 22% year-on-year.

Last year's investment growth was the highest in the 2008-2018 period and marked the first time since 2012 when the increase exceeded 10%.

However, the investment volume has not yet reached the pre-crisis level - in 2018, it was lower by 12%.

When it comes to municipal differences, the Ljubljana area continued to push ahead at the fastest pace, with the local companies employing at least 20 people generating some 35% of all such investments, followed by the Novo Mesto area (5%).

Similarly, the central Slovenian region recorded the best investment results among all statistical regions.

Investing in machinery, equipment, transport vehicles and bio resources accounted for more than half of all investments in new and used fixed assets, followed by investments in buildings.

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