The lack of international acquisitions by UK companies is holding up the nation's economic recovery while countries such as India and China thrive, according to KPMG.
Analysis of merger or buyout deals by the firm has shown international acquisitions by UK companies now make up 1.8% of total deal volumes, down from 3.1% in 2007.
At the same time, Indian and Chinese companies have increased their activities and are quickly catching up with the UK in terms of deal volumes.
Furthermore, these two emerging economies are showing an appetite for the acquisition of British companies.
John Kelly, head of transaction services at KPMG, says: "As a country, we seem happy to sell up our own assets but UK company acquisitions overseas fall flat.
"Make no bones that the domestic market will not be enough for many large companies to return to growth: with the UK's own GDP estimated to grow at 1.5% over the next four years, compared with 8% for India and China."
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