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Estimates of research and development expenditure by businesses in UK countries and English regions for 2019.

The report does not cover the period of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Main points

  • In 2019, business expenditure on R&D (BERD) for Wales was £442 million, up 2.8% on the figure for 2018.
  • This represented 1.7% of the UK total.
  • The 2.8% increase was the second lowest increase of all 12 UK countries and English regions.
  • For the UK, business expenditure on R&D increased by 3.3%.
  • The level of BERD in Wales can be influenced greatly by a small number of individual projects commencing or ending in a period. The BERD series for Wales is therefore quite volatile and so a longer-term perspective is recommended.


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Samuel Musters

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