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The Scottish economy grew by 0.2% during the first quarter compared to the 0.1% growth for the UK as a whole

The services sector expanded by 0.4%, with a pick-up in growth in transport, information and communication services, and professional, scientific, administrative and support services. The production sector continued its positive growth into 2018, achieving quarterly growth of 0.9% in Q1 2018, the same rate as in Q4 2017.

Construction output fell in the first quarter, due in part to the adverse weather seen during February and March during the ‘Beast from the East’.

Responding to the GDP figures Finance, Economy and Fair Work Secretary Derek Mackay said: “Scotland’s economy is strong, with output per head the highest in the UK outside London and the south-east. We are also one of the top destinations for inward investment, while Scottish productivity has grown faster than the UK’s over the past decade.

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