LONDON, March 14 (Xinhua) -- Visits to Britain by overseas residents fell by one percent in January following strong figures in November and December 2012, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said on Thursday.
The number of visits by overseas residents to Britain in January was 2.2 million, one percent lower than the same period last year, said the ONS.
However, earnings from visits remained strong, posing an 8-percent rise in the three months to January this year, compared with a year earlier.
At the same time, visits abroad by British residents went up 6 percent to an estimated 3.4 million in January compared with the same period last year. However, the January 2012 figure was weak, the ONS noted.
The ONS figure also show that expenditure abroad by British residents rose by 2 percent in the three months to January 2013 compared with a year earlier.
Visits to Britain grew one percent in the 12 months to January compared with a year earlier while earnings grew by 4 percent. Visits abroad were unchanged.