Scottish economy fastest growing in UK
Scotland’s economy performed better than previously thought at the start of the year, according to official figures.
The country’s chief statistician said the economy was now estimated to have grown by 0.4% in the first three months of the year.
That is an increase from the 0.2% that was previously estimated.
It is also higher than the 0.2% growth in the UK economy as a whole over the same period.
The revised figures mean that Scotland’s GDP grew by 1.3% between the first quarter of last year and the first quarter of 2018.
This was marginally higher than the 1.2% growth in the UK economy over the year.
The upturn at the start of the year was largely driven by manufactured exports such as whisky, with a 3.6% increase in goods being sold around the world.
Output in the service sector grew by 0.4% and in the production sector by 1.0%, but the construction sector saw a fall of 1.4% – although this has been revised up from a first estimate of -3.5% because of “data updates and methodology improvements”