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Falling R&D spend a symptom of short-termism, says Kay

The decline in private sector investment in R&D as a percentage of GDP has been caused by short-termism rather than a shortage of cash, says a review into UK equity markets.

The Kay review of UK equity markets and long-term decision making says that UK companies are investing less in R&D than those in comparable countries like Germany, America and France. Such countries are also better when it comes to other benchmarks of long-term thinking, such as business investment.

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