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Slower growth north of border

Scottish GDP gap with UK widens while inflation falls

FNZ offices (FNZ website)

Business growth is slower in Scotland than for the UK


The Scottish economy grew by 0.3% in third quarter, half the 0.6% rate for the whole of the UK, while inflation fell to 2.3% in November, from 2.4% in October.

New economic data also shows UK inflation fell to 2.3% in November, from 2.4% in October, providing some relief to shoppers ahead of the last weekend before Christmas.

Due to methodology changes over the summer, the Q3 Scottish data is being published four weeks earlier than in previous years.

Over the year compared to the third quarter of 2017, the Scottish economy has grown by 1.5%.

During the third quarter of 2018 output in the services sector grew by 0.3%, output in production contracted by -0.7% and output in the Construction sector grew by 2.7%.

The Scottish Conservatives said that the widening tax gap between Scotland and the rest of the UK will further harm the Scottish economy.

Dean Lockhart, Scottish Conservative shadow economy secretary said: “It’s quite clear that Scotland’s economy is trailing the rest of the UK, despite the fact that we are facing the same challenges at present.

“The SNP is far more concerned with raising taxes than energising the Scottish economy.

“It is no coincidence that the UK economy is performing better than the Scottish economy, given the widening tax gap.

“The shocking drop in forecast income tax revenue of £500 million and predictions for another four years of economic underperformance show that Scotland’s economy is facing an SNP downward spiral.

“This is yet another reason that the SNP must focus on a competitive tax regime for Scotland.”


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