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Estimates of total expenditure on research and development across different market sectors by UK country and English region for 2017.

Main points

  • An estimated total of £744 million was spent on R&D in 2017 in Wales; this is an increase of £33 million (5%) compared with 2016.
  • R&D expenditure in Wales represented 2.1% of total UK R&D expenditure and 1.2% of total Gross Value Added in Wales.
  • Business enterprise R&D accounted for 61.4% of the total in Wales, with higher education accounting for 36.2%, government making up 2.2% and Private Non Profit making up less than 1.0%.
  • In a small region such as Wales, the level of R&D expenditure can be influenced greatly by a small number of major projects commencing or ending, meaning the time series can be volatile.


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