Estimates of research and development expenditure by businesses in UK countries and English regions for 2018.

Main points

  • In 2018, business expenditure on R&D (BERD) for Wales was £430 million, up 2.1% on the figure for 2017.
  • This represented 1.7% of the UK total.
  • The 2.1% increase was the ninth largest increase of all 12 UK countries and English regions.
  • For the UK, business expenditure on R&D increased by 5.8%.
  • 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.


The detailed dataset on StatsWales will be updated to include these new data as soon as possible.


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